Posted by: Rina | November 8, 2008

Introduction

The following is a section of the book Who Do You Think You Are?  Discovering the Power of the Kingdom Identity, by Jonathan Ricketts.  We will be posting several sections each week.   To read the book by chapter, please click on the chapter links to the right of the screen. 

“Think of God having to live forever and ever and ever in association with people who are not half big enough to comprehend His will. That is not God’s purpose. Jesus Christ undertook the biggest contract that heaven or earth or sea or sky ever knew. He undertook the redemption of mankind and their transformation by the Spirit of the Living God into His own likeness and image and stature an understanding, in the grace and power and fullness of His own nature. Jesus Christ is the associate of God, one with Him, and with every son of God. He has purposed that redeemed men, grown up in God, transformed into the very image and likeness and nature and fullness of Jesus Christ becoming like the Son of God shall be associates of God.”
– John G. Lake

Who do you think you are? Oftentimes, this question is asked when questioning the authority of another. Husbands say it to wives, wives to husbands, children to parents, and parents to children. On the spiritual battleground of the past Satan asked it of Jesus. In this current age, Satan asks the question to you and me. The way we answer this question is of extreme significance. Satan knows that we will never rise above who we think we are. If we view ourselves as sinners, we will never be able to access the grace to live as saints. If we see ourselves as unworthy, we will forever attempt to merit favor with God through our works. If see ourselves as powerless, we will never fully grasp all that Messiah purchased for us on the cross. God desires to exchange what we think about ourselves for the glorious identity that He has set before us. The Bible states, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined, to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). God has an identity for us to embrace. If we really knew who we were and how important we are, our lives would be dramatically changed. If we embraced our God-breathed identity as our God-ordained destiny, the Body of Christ would look different, act different, and have a different effect on the world today. It is my prayer that in reading this, you will not only accept your identity in Christ, but begin to live your life in accordance with your destiny. Let us dive deeper not into who we think we are, but who God says that we are. Let us live not according to our own understanding, but according to the glorious destiny that He has set before us. When we do, the Kingdom of God will truly come on earth as it is in heaven.

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  1. Greetings,
    “O wretched man that I am” ! Romans 7:24 When the Light of Christ shines into our hearts and lives, He will always reveal to us what sinners we are ! And the brighter that Light shines, the greater sinners we see ourselves to be ! How else could we appreciate Christ ?
    The whole may speak well of the physician, but only the sick can truly prize and treasure Him ! See Isaiah 6:5 In other to come before the Lord in prayer, having the right posture, we must see ouselves as He sees us . We must be “HUMBLE” !

    Yours For Christ
    Harold Brown
    haroldb45@yahoo.com

  2. Harold,

    Thank you for your comment. It’s true that the Holy Spirit brings conviction to us and reveals to us areas of sin, thank you for bringing my attention to that. We certainly need to admit to our sins as the Holy Spirit shines His light upon them, and be willing to confess and repent of them. The point I was trying to draw out in my post was that we must not sacrifice our biblical identity for a false humility that keeps us from becoming what the Bible declares us to be. I think Bill Johnson put it best, so I will allow him to speak for me:

    “If it’s true that the value of something is measured by what someone else will pay, then we need to rethink our worth. Do we ever acknowledge who we are before Him? Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not encouraging arrogance or cockiness. But wouldn’t it honor Him more if we believed that He actually did a good enough job in saving us and that we are really saved? Jesus paid the ultimate price to make it possible for us to have a change in our identity…
    Doesn’t it honor Him more when we, His children, no longer see ourselves only as ‘sinners saved by grace,’ but now as ‘heirs of God‘? Isn’t it a greater form of humility to believe Him when He says we are precious in His sight when we don’t feel very precious? Doesn’t it honor Him more when we think ourselves as free from sin because He said we are? At some point, we must rise up to the high call of God and stop saying things about ourselves that are no longer true. If we’re going to fully come in to what God has for us in the last day’s revival, we will have to come to grips with the issue of being more than ‘sinners saved by grace.’ Maturity comes from faith in the sufficiency of God’s redemptive work that establishes us as sons and daughters of the Most High.”

    When we confess ourselves as “sinners,” we’re pronouncing a judgment on our character that is in contradiction with what the Bible says about us. According to the Bible, we are saints (Romans 1:7, Corinthians 1:2). We commit sins, but we are not identified by our sins, and therein lies the difference. When we stand before a beautiful painting and praise it for its beauty, it is the painter who is ultimately honored. We are God’s handiwork. To find good in ourselves is not insulting to God, but exalts Him as the creator of good works (Eph 2:10).

    I agree that we must be humble. As you say, we must be careful to see ourselves as He sees us (1 John 4:17). Thank you again for your comment.


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