My Salvation Identity

WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE …
Psalm 49:20
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
  • Understanding is what separates us from the beasts.

NEW CREATURES …
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
  • We are not who we once were, or who we could have been.
  • We are someone fresh and new, created by God.
  • We must not forget who we are – new creatures with new habits.

HIS WORKMANSHIP …
Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, that He prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  • As a new creature, we do good works – God's works.
  • We must not forget who we are – workers of God's good works.

SELF LIFE VS. CHRIST'S LIFE
Romans 7:18
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
  • This is the clue that unlocks a mystery.
  • Sometimes "self" (me) is synonymous with "flesh."
  • There are two identities implied here: a self-identity and another identity (which we find out is Christ-identity later in the chapter. It is Christ who saves me from myself, because I can't save myself.)
  • There's nothing good in self/flesh.
  • Christ alone IS my ability to live right.
  • Apart from Him, I am doomed to the failure of my flesh.

Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
  • (Flesh) Death = (Spirit) Life
  • (Flesh) Life = (Spirit) Death

FACT: I AM DEAD TO SELF … ALIVE TO CHRIST …
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith, of the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • This death is a privilege. It's a beautiful thing.
  • Death is a past-tense fact. I am dead to sin and flesh and self.  

2 Corinthians 5:14-15
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

  • We are as good as dead. This is our glory.

Romans 6:6
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

FACT: IT DOESN'T STOP THERE. NOW I MUST CONSIDER MYSELF DEAD … I HAVE TO WALK IT OUT.
Romans 6:10-11
For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
  • I am utterly identified with Christ.
  • I am dead to sin (my old man, my old self)
  • I must think and act as if this were true … because it is.
  • My thought process based on a faith position.
  • As an illustration, let's say I am bulletproof, but I don't know it. What good is it to me in practical life? I may never experience the benefit of it, because it has no bearing on how I live my life. Whereas, if I knew and believed it, it would impact my decisions and it would change the way I live. With that knowledge, I might do things I never dreamed of doing; I might do a great deal of good in the world. Well consider – how much greater of a gift have I received from God, that Christ the Lord  lives inside of me? I am more than a conqueror, no weapon formed against me shall prosper, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, I am an overcomer destined for triumph – if God is for me, who can stand against me? What if I lived every moment of every day as if this were true?  How would my life change?  

Ephesians 5:8
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
  • I was darkness.
  • I am light.
  • Now I need to act like light.
  • I have no excuse for acting like a lost person – because I am NOT a lost person.

Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

DON'T NEGLECT IT …
Hebrews 2:3
How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard …
  • We are saved. Now what? Parable of the talents. You don't get saved so you can just hoard this immeasurable treasure in a crypt.
  • It changes everything. If it doesn’t, it means we either don't have it or don't value it.

IT'S A DAILY PROCESS …
Ephesians 4:20
But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:9-10
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Romans 6:11
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
  • Reckon – my thought process based on a faith position. 

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