Our Identity – Part 1

To start to understand our identity and who we become in Christ we have to first look at the makeup of man in general. Man consists of two parts, a body and a Soul or spirit. (Matthew 10:28, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Romans 8:10, 1 Corinthians 5:5, 7:34, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 2:3, Colossians 2:5) Our body is our physical realm which houses our soul/spirit. Our bodies allow us to move, talk, and interact with others. Our soul/spirit determines our identity. There are only two identities when God looks at someone. God see either an Adam or Christ, one who is spiritually dead, “Adam” or spiritually alive, “Christ.” What do I mean by that? Man’s (woman’s) basic problem at birth is that we are separated from God and therefore without life. We are spiritually dead when we are born into this world. When Adam and Eve where in the Garden of Eden God gave Adam one commandment. Genesis 2:16 -17 says, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” In Genesis 3 we see the temptation of satan and the sin of Adam and Eve. When satan tempts us he is using deception (lies) to make us think differently about ourselves and who God really is. Jesus in John 8:44 called him the father of lies. Look at Eve’s response to satan in Gen 3:2-3, “And the women said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” God never said they could not touch the fruit, He told them they could not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. So already we see Eve’s mind being distorted by the temptation of satan. Look at verse 6 of Genesis, “so when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise…” Eve saw that the fruit was good for food, pleasing to the eye, desirable, she then ate it. Satan always makes sin look good, pleasing, fulfilling, but in the end it is death. Eve took the fruit and ate it, then gave the fruit to Adam who ate it as well. I think Adam sinned long before he took the fruit because he was passive, and did not try to stop Eve. When Adam took the fruit death comes into the world and into the human race. God choose Adam to represent the whole human race. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Since we are all in Adam when he sinned, we sinned (Romans 5:12), when Adam died spiritually, we died spiritually (Romans 5:15), when Adam was condemned we were condemned (Romans 5:18) and when Adam became a sinner we became a sinner (Romans 5:16). We become sinners at the very moment of conception (Psalm 51:5). That word die in Gen 2: 17 means we die physical, spiritually and eternally. The reason there is death in the world and sickness is because of sin. So because of sin our bodies will die. When we are born we are spiritually dead and separated from God. Isaiah 59: 2, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” Also see Romans 3:10-18. Romans 6: 23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Our payment for the sins we commit is death, an eternally death. If we stay spiritually separated from God when we die we will be eternally separated from God in hell. BUT. The rest of Romans 6:23 says….but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. God knew Adam was going to sin before the foundation of the world, and God knew He would have to send His son to die. Christ died on the cross for our sins, He took the death that was meant for us, so that we may live and have victory of our sin here on earth and to live with Him for eternity. So when God looks at us He either sees His children those in Christ, or those who have rejected Him, Adam.

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