Kenneth W. Hagin
When you begin to understand the realities of who you are in Christ, you position yourself in a secure and stable manner so the enemy cannot take advantage of you anymore.
Ever since Jesus rose from the dead and ascended on high, we have a new life! Things have changed for us that believe in Christ. Now we need to study the epistles of Paul to find out what this new life in Christ is all about. We need to find out who we are in Christ!
Knowing who we are in Christ will help stabilize our Christian walk. It will help us to grow up in the Lord and understand how that we can live the abundant life with Christ according to the Word of God.
Everything we have in this new life is because of what Jesus did at Calvary. Second Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) says, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” You see, we need to realize that not just part of the promises—all of the promises—it’s yes in God. Some people take part of the Word of God, but we need all of it—not just part!
When Christ hung on the cross and gave His life, it was the fulfillment of God’s plan so that mankind once again could walk and talk with Him, and receive the blessings that He had. Every time that we hear about Jesus, every time we read about His death, burial, and resurrection, it should be a reminder to us that all the promises of God are ours because of what Jesus did.
We need to affirm this daily with our mouth. We need to daily talk about who we are in Christ. Let's look at Ephesians 1:3-7.
Ephesians 1:3-7 (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
And then, jump on down to verse 13—we are sealed! It says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
That’s just a few things that we are because of who we are in Christ! See, there are many scriptures in the epistles that tell us who we are in Christ. It seems that the apostle Paul had a great understanding of what I call the redemptive realities of who we are in Christ. We need to know what Jesus made possible for us in this new life that we have with Christ.
A New Way to Look at Things
When we find this out, we have a new way of looking at things in life. It changes. We won’t be intimidated by the enemy anymore. You know, Paul tells us that Jesus made it possible to become a new person in Christ, and we know this from Second Corinthians 5:17—“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
When the enemy starts talking to you, you need to tell him who you are in Christ. You are a new person in Christ. The old person doesn’t exist anymore!
The only way you’re going to know who you are in Christ is to get into the Word. Knowing and believing the in Christ realities brings you to a position of receiving everything that Christ has made available for you.
As you consistently confess who you are in Christ, the more confident and stable you become. You’ll begin to see a difference in your life!
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