Identity was important to Jesus. ‘Who do people say that I am? He asked. They knew He was Jesus of Nazareth. But some denied He was the Son of God. Human beings experienced the fall because they denied who they were - sons of God - and were seduced into a bid to be like god by going it alone, by being separate from God. They had been lured into a false identity - one in which their sonship was marred and their being disconnected from God and themselves.
The ploy of the Enemy has been to vitiate identity. It still is. Thus when Jesus came to undo the fall of Adam, Satan attacked His identity. If he could do it again, if he could undo who Jesus was with a lie, He could maybe prevent the at-one-ment, hold back the re-unification of the sons of God with Father and inhibit his own ruin. But Jesus was not fazed. He affirmed His identity and throughout His ministry declared that He and His Father were one.
REAL IDENTITY IS CHRIST
You have your identity in Christ. In Jesus you now have Jesus’ relationship with his Father in fullness. Your identity is a son/daughter of God. You need no addition, To be one with the Son of Man is to be one with the trinity. This identity that is ours, our relationship as sons and daughters of our Father is all that is required. There is none else and nor need their be. Now we are the sons of God in spirit and in truth. Unless we diminish God and dilute ourselves with subsidiary and extrinsic identities of our own making and of the Enemy’s suggestion.
So this is it. You have one Father who is God. One Savior who is Christ and one gospel that is the gospel of Jesus, John, Paul and the apostles. Jesus was clear on the matter of identity. He has said in the old testament, ‘My sons, give me your heart.’ In this age He has also described a diluted identity as adultery. When addressing the people He has said, ‘Those not willing to forsake their filial identity for an identity in Him are not worth of Him.’ Clearly identity is the heart of the Kingdom.
YOU ARE EVE
Participation in the Body of Christ is not just a matter of ‘beliefs.’ It’s the kind of ‘belonging’ that comes to us because we have agreed that our identity is in Christ. We agree that we are Sons of God and that we are the Bride of Christ. Thus identity is about relationship and union with God. So why attempt to carve out for yourself and special identity when you are a son - when you have an identity that trumps all else. Satan already tried that one the human race. And how did that work out? So are you going to maintain the lie and live in your self-made pseudo-identity. Or will you take your contrived identity to the cross and get what is yours: Christ your life.
We have been given fullness in Christ. Nothing remains other than the reception of Jesus as our life to manifest the new creation. In our time there is nothing that needs to be restored. In Jesus we are restored. We need to embrace our inheritance that is already our possession. This is Christ in us! We cannot revive what has never been had. The invitation for now is to embrace what we could have had because it was ours all along. This is Christ as our life and ourselves included in the Holy Family of Heaven.
EATING JESUS. BEING SONS.
In Christ we have a life that transcends any form of life in Adam and old covenant living. The life of Christ is infinite in ‘aliveness’ and unlimited in breadth and extent. It far exceeds any brilliant movie that manages to highlight the fullness of life in a bright and moving way. This is a life to the full that has seldom been lived but which is aching to be lived on a large scale. This adventure awaits because it is the inheritance of all who take the name of Jesus. But is is not to be found in Bibles, Bible study, observances, rites, reversion to the Ten Commandments or the elevation of Jewish religion. It is ours when Christ is our life because we eat Him and allow Him to be who we are as individuals and as a civilization.
‘And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son’ 1 John 5.11 NIV.
Stephen Crosby writes, ‘There is nothing in Torah that needs to be restored, renewed, copied, or perpetuated to either satisfy our Father in obedience or to fulﬁll righteousness.’ This is true. There is no life in law and religion. And no identity as sons of God. There is no life in a craven adoption of the cultural worship practices of Hebrew culture. But there is total life in Jesus - not because He was a Jew but because He is the Son of Man and the Son of God who lives in you.
‘Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen--the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's new creation’ Rev 3.14 NIV.
A law-culture is death dressed up as religion.
The Kingdom of God is not religion or the knowledge of good and evil dressed up as life. It is Jesus Himself. Anything not Jesus in fullness is robbery and death. It can be death by a thousand cuts, a slow and subtle death, death by the slow substitution of things that have no life in themselves dressed up as esoteric spirit motions or solidified as the law. It was Paul who enunciated the gospel of the Kingdom. He called it ‘My Gospel.’ It was Christ’s gospel and what came to be known as the apostles teaching.
ESCAPE THROUGH THE FLAMES Paul writes, ‘By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames’ 1 Cor 3.10-15 NIV.
Old covenant, law-based religion cannot achieve victory over sin let alone multiply life to the full. Since it facilitates death it is diabolic. It impedes the new creation and perpetuates death. It can produce a zombie style existence that some might call Christianity but which Jesus calls iniquity. He is the fullness of God and the fullness of humanity. He can give us what our hearts desire: Life without limit!
‘And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity’ Matt 7.23 NIV.