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.

Show Us the Father (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus Christ was here, one of his missions was to make God known and more accessible. Showing the believers that God was to become their Father was certainly a quantum leap in their lives. However, at that time perceiving God Almighty as a Father was so incredible for them that it really took them back. Before Jesus Christ began teaching his disciples, they never understood God as a Father, and that not only was God his Father, but that He was going to become theirs. Today when we hear the words “our Father” in reference to God, it does not faze us at all because we commonly know this term, but back then it was an incredible mind-blower.

John 14:6:
Jesus saith unto him {the Apostle Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

During the Old Testament times, God was forever coming to the believers through His Prophets to inspire them with His blessings. However, in the Gospel period in John 14:6 Jesus reveals another dynamic, that believers would be able to personally approach God as their own Father. Jesus was the way, truth, and lifeline into the very heart of our heavenly Father.

John 14:8:
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. {“Sufficeth us,” basically means that it would be a terrific thing, and if you (Jesus) are the way to the Father, then let us get to the “show” part of “show and tell.”}

John 14: 9b:
. . . he that hath seen me {Jesus} hath seen the Father.

Jesus’ very life was a manifestation of God, of Jehovah, and of Elohim. Jesus as God’s Son was the Father’s ambassador and he represented and displayed to the people the true character, heart, and love of the Father, for Jesus’ life was to show God in a new light as our heavenly Father.

John 16:25-27a:
-25: These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh {what Jesus was speaking about is a future day, and now that future day has arrived}, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you {more} plainly of the Father.
-26: At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: {—As he was currently doing for them, but soon they themselves could simply pray in the name of Jesus Christ and their heavenly Father would answer their prayers without a mediator between them and their Father (Ephesians 2:18).}
-27a: For the Father himself loveth you. . .

Jesus is still “the way {to the Father’s love}, the truth, and the life,” so as you continue to understand and follow Jesus, the door to the heart of the Father becomes more and more opened. Understanding God as your heavenly Father is really a love-based, intimate relationship that can only be appreciated between a Father and His own son or daughter. Jesus, in giving you his name to use in prayer, has presented you with the passkey that opens up your heavenly Father’s home, all the way to the right hand of God.