“I thank my God, making mention of thee in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints; that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” – Philemon 1:4-6
LIGHT FOR NOW: Knowing your identity is not an option, it is vital.
Knowing yourself in Christ which is literally the subject we will be studying through is an all-encompassing subject. We are still on the subject on “the believer’s identity” which we began last month and in this month, we will take this subject further by bringing to the fore who the believer really is and who he is not; what is the believer’s nature or what is natural to believers by virtue of the new birth and how he should naturally walk in what is natural to him or what is his nature. Truth is, many believers are living in false identity and this is because they have not understood their true identity. You cannot walk in the reality that you have not understood. You cannot harness fully what you have not comprehended fully; you cannot walk in the fullness of who you are if you are ignorant of the knowledge of who you are. So the knowledge of who you are, what you have and what you can do is very vital if your Christian life and walk must be effective; if not identity crisis will be the result of the absence of this knowledge. That said, we are going to start by giving simple definitions of the word “identity” in normal parlance that must be kept in mind as we travel through this study. In normal parlance, the word “identity” carries the meaning below:
- Sameness; the quality or fact of several specified things being the same.
- The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.
- A name or a person – the mask or appearance one presents to the world – by which one is known.
- Sense of who one is.
Keep the above probable definitions of the word “identity” in mind as we proceed in this study. So, mentioning the word “identity” is the same as mentioning the words:
So, by saying “knowing yourself in Christ”, we aim to communicate your:
- Sameness in Christ
- Oneness in Christ
- What your union in Christ has made out of you.
- Your personality in Christ
More so, the word “yourself” in “knowing yourself in Christ” is specific to the believer. So it is the believer in Christ that will be known in Christ and not any other person, but the revelation of Christ will demystify one, unveil the other and expose another, and in the course of this study, we will see this. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t make it an option to know your identity, make it a must.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray that the revelation of my identity be made known to me as I study through your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: If you don’t make it a must to know your true identity, then you have decided to live in a false identity.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1