Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus” [2 Timothy 1:1].
In his introduction to his second letter to Timothy Paul makes a clear statement in the very first verse. “Paul” – that’s who he is; “an apostle” – that’s his work; “of Christ Jesus” – that’s who he serves; “by the will of God” – that’s his authority; “according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus” – that is his hope! What a remarkable introduction – who he is, what he does, who he serves, his authority and his hope all in the first sentence!
Who he is comes first. What we do and whom we serve flows out of who we are. At the heart of the Christian message is the issue of our identity – who we are. When we know that we will be secure, unafraid of what people think, and comfortable with ourselves. Many people spend their whole lives doing something different from who they are, but when their activities are an expression of who they are, then they will really begin to enjoy their life!
When a person is born again their old sinful nature dies and they receive a brand new nature. Satan attacks our mind and seeks to speak lies about ourselves, so that instead of believing what God says about us we believe the enemies lies. Thoughts like “I am no good,” “I am worthless,” and other unhealthy fears do not come from God but from our enemy who accuses us and lies to us. That is why Jesus said that Satan was a liar from the beginning. We have the righteousness of Christ. We no longer have a sinful nature but are called saints.
The issue of our identity in Christ is so important because only when we are comfortable with who we are, will we be able to help others find their identity.
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. What does Paul say about our new identity in Christ? Underline all the positive things that God says about you in this passage, and then speak them out, believing that what God says about you is true.
The Bible says that we have been crucified with Christ and that our old nature is dead. Why do you think it is that many Christians still believe that they have to battle with something that is already dead?
Why is it important that we find our identity in Christ and not in other people’s opinions of us, or in the things that we do?