Posted by: Rina | December 7, 2008

Who Am I?

The following is a section of the book Who Do You Think You Are? Discovering the Power of the Kingdom Identity. 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.

“Many Christians are not living free and productive lives because they don’t understand who they are and why they are here. Who they are is rooted in their identity and position in Christ. If they don’t see themselves the way God sees them, to that degree they suffer from a false identity and poor sense of worth. They don’t fully understand the gospel and the dramatic change that occurred in them the moment they trusted in Christ.” -Neil T. Anderson

What does the Bible say about who we are in Christ? Psalm 8:4-5 states: “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels (Elohim), And You have crowned him with glory and honor” (parenthetical note mine).

Translation in this verse is essential. In Hebrew, the word translated here as “angels” is “Elohim”. “Elohim” in Hebrew is most commonly translated “God.” This puts an entirely new emphasis on humanity when we read the verse in this light. “For you have made him a little lower than God.” There is nothing in the universe with more power, dominion, and authority than God. Mankind has been created to be only a little lower than Himself and above everything else in the universe. This should have a “Wow” effect on the intrinsic value of the Christian. The structural hierarchy, or chain of command in the universe is ordered: first God, then the Christian, then everything else. Christians are the only beings in the universe that have God Himself inside of them. They are the only ones who can boast of being the physical image of His Invisible attributes (Rom 1:20). All of mankind was created in the image of God. No other being that exists can make that claim, and this makes us the most valuable asset in God’s creation. Neither angels, principalities, demons, or the devil himself, can boast of being created in the image of God, nor can they claim to have His very Spirit dwelling inside of them. No entity can claim that they have been created a little lower than Him. But, the Christian can and should. It is our identity!

We are a kingdom of prophets and priests (Exodus 19:6), We are a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9). We have been created a little lower than God (Psalm 8:5). Christians are not defeated, hopeless, and powerless people, although this is what the adversary wants us to believe. Why? Because when the Christian claims who he is, the works of the devil are destroyed around him. The enemy knows that in order to defeat us, he must make us believe something about ourselves that is not true. He is aware that identity is crucial in achieving destiny. This is why Satan attacked Messiah’s identity and why he still attacks the identity of every believer. When Christians embrace who they are, the works of the devil are defeated. That is the Kingdom business.

To further demonstrate this identity, an examination of the first and second chapter of Ephesians will relate the position of Jesus in the spiritual realm, with the position of the Christian. First, it says this about Jesus: “and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come, and He put all things under His feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church which is His body the fullness of Him who fill all in all.” (Eph 1:19-22, emphasis mine).

Jesus had great power working in Him. It was the power of God. Because of His absolute obedience and absolute submission, God raised Him to a position above all things in the universe. Nothing that has ever existed or will ever exist has more authority than Jesus Christ. Notice what Paul goes on to say in chapter two about Christians: “Even when we were dead in trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:5-6 emphasis mine)

Christians have been raised and made to sit in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. He has placed us above all principalities and powers, might and dominion, and every name that is named. We are above all things because God is in us and He has elevated us to Himself. This is the Christian identity.

This “raising” is the work of Messiah and not ourselves. Many aren’t comfortable walking in this high position having not earned it. They feel that they are unworthy, perhaps because they continue to struggle with sin or because they are not “spiritual” enough. This is a works-based mentality, however, and pride in the clothing of false humility. Those who have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice must acknowledge the fact that they now walk in His Power and not their own. It is a free gift from God, one that was given to us by Jesus’ sacrifice. We can either take what we have been given and use it to the advancement of His kingdom, or we can bury it (Mat 25:14-30), but either way, it is ours. Christians need not worry about self accomplishment in order to acquire a greater walk of power. In fact, the opposite is true in the Kingdom. We must “die to self” (Gal 2:20), submit, and obey Him to walk in greater power. This is how Jesus lived and He is our example. In a place of dependence on Him and what He has done, Christians find fulfillment and advancement.

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