Our Identity in Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ completely identified with sinful man by giving his precious life and blood for humanity upon the cross.  The resurrected Christ Jesus now gives believers a new identity in him through his resurrection. He is our big brother, our only Savior, and our special interceder. The more we learn about Christ Jesus from the Scriptures, the more we will truly find ourselves to be in him for eternity.

Colossians 3:1 – IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

The word “IF” means since, and since we are truly spiritually risen with Christ to the right hand of God, we are also instructed to seek those things that are above. Well what is above? Christ is for starters, he is physically in heaven and spiritually within our hearts while we are physically on earth but we are spiritually risen with Christ into the heavenlies to the elevated position of being in Christ in heaven at God’s own right hand. God’s wisdom comes from above (James 3:17), from where we are encouraged to seek our own spiritual identity that we currently have in Christ.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

The word “affection” is the word for our thinking, it is the word used for thoughts in the reasoning process that men and women have, especially regarding spiritual matters. We as believes are encouraged to look to the Scriptures and think about what they say we have from God. Some Christians never even consider what the Scriptures reveal to us regarding spiritual matters. Some think only about things on the earth, and they completely miss out on pure heavenly glimpses that God reveals with spiritual realities that are not only all around, but come from God from above.

Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Well, being dead does not sound all that terrific! Yet what this means from the Greek text is that spiritually we have died to sin, and now we are spiritually risen to completely live life in the glory of God. What does it mean to say our lives have been hid?  It means that we are spiritually with God, where His divinely given treasures are freely given to us. God’s healing Word comes to life proportionally to our believing in it, and the true treasures of God live in the heart, from where all believing emanates.

Colossians 3:4 – When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

When shall Christ appear? When he returns for us! The life of Christ is our true spiritual life because everything that he is, is already spiritually within us, giving each believer the absolute identity of Christ himself. The more that we learn about Christ Jesus, then, the more we will learn about ourselves and our God-given identity. We: the children of God will absolutely appear with Christ in glory. This may sound almost too good to be true, yet it is true because God’s Word says it is so, for the Word of God lives and abides forever (I Peter 1:23)! Not only is Christ our life and our true identity, but we shall reign with him in all of his magnificent glory.

Our Approval is by God’s Grace (And Nothing Else)

“II Timothy 2:15 encourages believers to, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Some people think that the more they study their Bibles, the more they will become approved before God, but this is wrongly dividing the word of truth, because God has already approved us in Christ. If a premise begins in error, then the conclusions will be no closer to the truth than the original error. We cannot approve ourselves by works, for we are already approved by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:410) because we are accepted in the beloved, and the beloved is Christ; To the praise of the glory of his grace {God’s grace}, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved- Ephesians 1:6. II Timothy 2:15 is saying that when we study the Scriptures we will come to know just how much approval we have before God because we are in Christ, and this is rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~LMJ~

Your Open-Ended Invitation

“God created within us the means to walk in newness of life, a life that is being renewed in the knowledge of God (Romans 6:4). To walk in the new man is not a command but a request from a loving Father to His beloved children so we could be partakers of the benefit– I Timothy 6:2. The benefit is an invitation to have a meaningful relationship with Him Who created life, for His Word shows us how to enjoy life by bringing the Christ within us ― up and out to the forefront of our lives.” ~LMJ~

The Grace of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:4:
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

The Apostle Paul, who wrote Corinthians was extremely thankful on behalf of the believers because he was able to reach out in thankfulness to acknowledge that the grace of God was given to them (and to us) by Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace means, God’s divine favor given to us with the abundance of His spiritual blessings, and these blessings are truly unmerited, undeserved, and unlimited. This grace is from God Himself and is given to men and women by (or on account of) Jesus Christ, by his own sacrifice on our behalf.

I Corinthians 1:5:
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

The purpose for receiving the grace of God is to enrich our lives! We are dynamically enriched with spiritual blessings, which come to us by the favorable graces of God. Now that we have the grace of God, the quality of our spiritual lives can truly be enriched. Everything that we receive from God is spiritual; however, spiritual blessings will always come into our physical lives so that we may further enjoy them.  For instance – God gave us light, love, joy, and peace – these are spiritual qualities of life that become manifested in our lives as we walk in the knowledge that we truly have received these gifts from God.

The word “utterance” is the Greek word logos, and literally means the Word of God, and because we are enriched in and by the Word of God, we have access to everything His Word imparts unto us. When we begin to understand His Word, our “knowledge” increases and the grace of God becomes more and more enriching to our lives.

It is grace that helps us get back up on our feet when we fall so that we can again walk with God. When we study God’s Word, we will begin to realize some of the abundant grace that He has already presented to us. As we continue growing in the knowledge of God’s Word, we will become humbly thankful to God, as Paul was “… for the grace of God which was given {to} you by Jesus Christ.”

A Most Enjoyable Experience

“Being a Christian should be the most enjoyable experience in this whole world! You are loved by God! Yes, God loves everybody, but not everyone reciprocates by returning God’s love. This makes you a very, very special somebody ― to God you are precious (I Peter 2:7). You are your heavenly Father’s child, and you are a special individual before His Majesty, and when you believe His Word you have clout with unfathomable power to back it up (Ephesians 3:20)!” ~LMJ~