“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the counsel of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Among whom also we all had our conversation in time past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” – Ephesians 2:1-3
LIGHT FOR NOW: Our identification with His resurrection was our resurrection from spiritual death into spiritual life.
A vital truth of the believer’s identification with Christ is that it is upon that identification the believer was raised from spiritual death to spiritual life. It is because of this resurrection from death (spiritual death) to life (spiritual life) in which a man identifies with that makes a man a new creation. Hence, in the epistles, Paul explains that fact that the believer is one who has identified with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thus, just as Christ was raised from the dead (spiritual death) to life (spiritual life), the believer is one who has in like manner been raised from death (spiritual death) to life (spiritual life). In other words, what happened to Jesus is what happened to believers upon his identification with what Jesus did in his finished work. Paul’s words in Romans 6 put this fact on the spotlight. It reads, “what shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin live any longer therein? Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye yourselves dead unto sin, but alive through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
Now, the word, ‘baptized’ in this context can be better understood as identification. In essence, by saying ‘baptized into Christ’; ‘baptizing into His death and subsequently His resurrection, it was to refer to our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
In other words, at the point of identification, the death of Jesus becomes the death of the believer, His burial becomes the burial of the believer and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead becomes the resurrection of the believer from the dead.
Therefore, the reality of identification is that what Jesus did becomes credited to the believer’s account. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Let Jesus’ work occupy your entire mind.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the reality found in my identification with you and for raising me from spiritual death into a spiritual life, in Jesus name. Amen
QUOTE: Your identification with what Jesus did accredits what Jesus did to your account.
DAILY READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6