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The Foundational Series
"Him who overcomes... I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God,... and I will also write on him my new name." Rev. 3:12
April 27, 1989
When we minister to individuals, we give a personal word. But when we minister to a body, we have to give a word that is able to span the spectrum of all our differences, a word that can minister to everyone because it is applicable to everyone above the differences of nature.
As I ponder over all you who receive these letters-- all your natural differences and spiritual differences-- that presents me a good challenge. I want to write today on a theme that will minister without exception to everybody-- a theme that will help all of us refocus our ultimate purpose for whatever we are doing, applicable to all of us, despite our distinctions in background, location, and calling.
In particular I want to minister to those who find a lack of fulfilment as yet in your personal calling. You've moved out in God by faith in many ways, but you still don't enjoy any appreciable sense of fulfilment for having done so... There appears to be a cycle in our lives as we pursue God over time-- an alternating current between seasons of joyless unfulfilment and seasons of fulfilment, happiness, and satisfaction in life with God on earth.
My theme today is designed more toward those on the unfulfilled side. But for those of you presently experiencing satisfaction, my theme will also give you a way of proving and evaluating your sense of fulfilment. Today, I want to write about identity in Christ. Specifically, purified identity....
I. Salvation and New Identity
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is become a new creation. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things are become new." II Cor. 5:17
If there is one word that best describes our salvation, it is the word identity. Salvation is a change in identity. It is not just something that happens to us. Rather, we are instantaneously created over, becoming someone we never were before. The distinctiveness of this new identity is that it is one with and formed from the essence of Jesus Christ. Our new identity derives all ultimate sense of meaning and purpose from who Jesus Christ is. This identity of ours has no other reference point for measuring its self-worth and self-esteem. None.
Identity speaks of self-awareness. Our new identity is rooted in Jesus Christ. Therefore our self-awareness is rooted in and intrinsically linked to our awareness of Jesus Christ. Our new self-awareness gravitates toward Him in personal relationship and intimate personal knowledge. The fact of our new identity and our awareness of God's indwelling Presence go together. By this new identity we know God and are able to dwell in His Presence. (This knowledge of Him is called "eternal life"- Jn 17:3).
So then, to sum: When we are born-again, we obtain a new identity, a new self-awareness, one that is rooted in our awareness of Jesus Christ within, one that derives all final sense of self-worth, self-esteem, purpose for existence, and meaning to life from who He is-- outside of anything He has made or our involvement with it.
PART II - IV
written from Pleasant Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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