Ephesians 1:5-6 (NKJV) Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
The root of our rejection started in the Garden of Eden when God booted Adam and Eve out of the garden after they had sinned against Him. Thereafter, men started on their quest to look for love and acceptance in the fallen would without knowing that the acceptance that ultimately brings rest to their hearts is a restored relationship with God.
The redemptive work of Jesus Christ has caused us to be accepted in the Beloved. Because we are hidden in Christ, God will always accept and welcome us. This positional truth doesn’t depend on what do, but purely on the grace of God and His Agape love towards us. It will bring us to a position of rest, where we don’t need perform in order to be accepted. It is revolutionary because we have always had to perform for man to show Phileo love to us, but we can now rest in God’s unconditional love through this new identity.
Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
This is the kind of confidence that comes with our new identity in Christ where we have direct access to the King of kings at His throne of grace to find help and mercy in our time of need, because we know that we have peace with Him, and are accepted by Him without needing to be on the performance treadmill; He accepts us based on what Jesus has achieved for us and who we are in Christ. Hidden in Christ, we are seen as righteous, blameless, and holy, and we can have faith that He is listening to our prayer prayed in Jesus’ name!
Our identity in Christ is indeed the best identity to have because it will hold us up in good times and in bad times. Once we have our identity in Jesus Christ, it will help us to weather any storm in life. We will be able to manage our emotions because we are secure in Christ and no longer rely on man’s praises. In fact, we will only begin to enjoy the abundant life meant for us when we have the right identity in Christ. There is nothing to prove to anyone; we are only looking to God to be our cheerleader because we have chosen to live our lives for Him.
Sermon Series: He Came to Give You a New Identity
我们在基督里的确实是最好的身份，因为无论我们是面对失败还是成功，它都会支撑着我们。一旦我们在耶稣基督里有了自己的身份，它将帮助我们度过生命中的任何风暴。我们的情绪不会随风摆动，因为我们安稳在耶稣基督里。我们不是在寻求人的赞扬和认可。事实上，只有当我们在基督里拥有正确的身份时，我们才会开始享受为我们而设的丰盛生命。 没有什么需要向任何人证明； 我们只希望上帝成为我们的啦啦队长，因为我们选择为祂而活。
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