“The Fall of Man”
“Comprehending Our True Identity in Christ”
My heart’s desire is that each of us would really understand the life we have by having Jesus Christ in our lives. I fear that many have a head knowledge of the Christian faith, but not a heart transformation.
Ken Boa, in his marvelous book, “Conformed to His Image”, refers to our relationship with Christ as, “the exchanged life.”
In Galatians 2:20, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
If you have welcomed Christ into your life, I urge you to reflect on Paul’s words, “Christ lives in me by faith.” Dr. Howard Hendricks (now with the Lord), taught at Dallas Theological Seminary for many years, defined the “exchanged life” as “the life of Christ reproduced in the believer by the power of the Holy Spirit in obedient response to the Word of God.”
Over the years many godly men and women have used different terms to describe this new life:
Andrew Murray called it, “the abiding life.”
Charles Trumball and Bill Gillham called it, “the victorious life.”
Oswald Chambers spoke of it as “the highest life.”
Ruth Paxson said it was, “life on the highest plane.”
Watchman Nee referred to it as the “normal Christian life.”
Stuart Briscoe called it, “the fullness of Christ.”
Major Ian Thomas called it, “the saving life of Christ.”
Francis R. Havergal referred to it as, “the overflowing life.”
Hannah Whitall Smith said, “it is the Christian’s secret to a happy life.”
A.B. Simpson called it, “the larger life.”
Neil T. Anderson referred to it as, “victory over the darkness.”
I just had an email from a lady who welcomed Christ into her life on March 4th, 2018, she wrote, “I am so grateful to have been born again in Jesus Christ, my Savior. Thank you for praying with me last Sunday.”
Ken Boa in his book, refers to a number of life principles that help develop the exchanged life we have in Christ.
I am going to list some of these principles with scriptures, that I hope you will look up, read and highlight in your Bible.
Here they are:
1. It is the substitution of Christ’s life for the self-life. Col. 3:9; Eph. 4: 22;
Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24.
2. The exchanged life is our identification with Christ in His crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Romans 6:2-11; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:5-6, Philippians 1:21; Col. 3:1-4.
3. We focus on the freedom we have from the law of sin and death through the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:2; Romans 6:14.
4. We must know these truths, acknowledge them by faith to be a true regard of feelings, to the contrary and present ourselves to God as people who are alive from the dead. Romans 8:6-13; 1 Cor. 1:2; Ephesians 5:8; Philippians 3:20.
5. The basis of our salvation is also the basis of our sanctification. Gal. 3:2-3;
5:5; Col. 2:6; Gal. 5:16-25.
6. It is only as we recognize our own brokenness or bankruptcy spiritually and make an unconditional surrender that we will really begin to appropriate Christ as life. Romans 7:14-25; 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Gal. 5:24.
7. Only Christ Himself can live the Christian life, and He does this in and through us. John 15:1-8; 2 Cor. 2:14.
8. “A spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ” is necessary for us to move from a cognitive to a personal and experiential knowledge of these spiritual truths. Eph. 1:17-19; Col. 1:9; Eph. 1:18-19.
9. The spiritual life is an inside-out rather than an outside in process. Eph. 3:16-19; 1:18-19; Phil. 2:12-13.
10. The exchanged life is not a matter of trying to do things for Jesus but claiming and resting in what He has already done for us. (Gal. 2:20).
a. The new nature we possess in Christ is our deepest identity.
b. The practice of sin is incompatible with the new life we have as children of God. 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 2:1-3; 3: 1-10.
c. Satan and the old nature will try to arise and control us, so we must see ourselves as new people, adopted into God’s family. John 1:12
d. We do not need to surrender to the lures of the flesh. Romans 8:12-17.
Dear friend, reading this meditation, I beg you to focus on your true identity as a Christian and child of God. Rejoice in the fact you have been accepted into God’s family through Jesus.