Posted by: Rina | December 19, 2008

The Works of the Christian

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.
“As He is, so are we in this world.” – 1 John 4:17″As He is.” John is speaking in the present tense. As Jesus is, so are we now. What a powerful statement! Jesus is the resurrected, glorified, ascended above all principalities and powers, seated at the right hand of God, Lord of Glory. This is who we represent and what we manifest to the world. In this world, we are as He is in heaven. This glory is not for the life that is coming, but for the life that is now. This victory is not for the future, it is for the present. It is not for heaven to come, but for the heaven on earth now (1).

We have unquestionable authority, power, and dominion on the earth, just as Jesus does in Heaven. We are above all on the earth, just as He is in heaven. In fact, when the Christian speaks and acts on behalf of the King on earth, it is as if Jesus Himself were here saying and doing it. This is the Christian identity.

In Jesus ministry, He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:17). He was regarded by biblical and extra biblical sources as a miracle worker (2). Jesus makes a powerful statement to the disciples prior to His crucifixion. Giving them departing instructions, He says:

“He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)

Jesus says that we will do “greater works” than He has done! Consider the works of Jesus for a moment. He raised the dead, healed the lepers, gave sight to the blind, preached the gospel, forgave sins, changed the weather, and cast out demons. And yet He says, “greater works will you do than these.” This is the expected life for all Christians. We are to do greater works than Jesus. He promised this prior to His resurrection, and this promise is accessible to any Christian who will accept it as their destiny and begin to walk it out.

When Christians embrace their identity, a sense of empowerment becomes natural. A call to destiny is birthed in the soul. We naturally become victorious. T.L. Osborn summarizes: “When you know who Jesus is, what He did for you, what actually belongs to you now, and what you may enjoy in your daily life, it makes you a victor. To know that Satan is defeated by your substitute, and that his defeat is eternal, makes your redemption a blessed fact and reality. You can know that Satan’s defeat was administered by your own substitute; that this defeat was credited to your account; that in the records of the supreme court of the universe you are now the master of Satan; Satan recognizes, that in the name of Jesus, you are his ruler. When your heart knows this, as well as you know that two plus two are four, then dominating faith, coupled with a new confession of authority, becomes natural. You automatically talk like Jesus talked. You understand the fact of your redemption. Faith becomes as natural as fear as before you were enlightened. You know that God Himself put Satan and all his kingdom beneath your feet and that you are considered by the Father and by Satan as the victor. You have been liberated. Your language becomes that of a super person. You talk like someone of another race or kingdom; and that you are-a chosen generation, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). You have authority. God is backing you. You are bold. You speak God’s language as commonly as unbelievers talk of theirs fears” (3).

1.) Liardon, Roberts, John G. Lake, The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings, Albury Publishing, Tulsa OK, 1999 page, 929.

2.) For references in this area, please see Josh McDowells, New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and Lee Strobel’s, The Case for Christ, both are a wealth of information confirming the historical validity of all the information in the gospels.

3.) Osborn, T.L., Healing the Sick, A Living Classic, Harrison House Inc., Tulsa , OK, 1992, pg. 100.

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  1. Keep up the good posts brother! blessings!

    • Thanks, have had some computer difficulties but hope to be posting more in the near future. I appreciate your comment


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