Identity-verse 2 (continued)

Rom 5
1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Rom 5:1, NASB77)

We worked on “justified” and “faith.” Now we’ll do “peace with God” and “through our Lord Jesus.”

“Peace with God” means that my heavenly Father is not ashamed of me, nor embarrassed over me, nor angry with me. Now that’s a stretch for me to believe, but I do believe it, I must. Otherwise I lose the freedom of it. I lose the “juice” of it. God’s word says (Rom.5:10) that I am reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Not God is reconciled to me, but me to God. God did not leave Adam. Adam left God. Its like Adam’s inner compass went “tilt.” It couldn’t point toward north anymore. So Adam lost his ability to touch God, to balance his senses to God’s magnetic impulses. Adam became dull of hearing, or maybe just plain, all-around dull. It was bad! So God gave Adam a way to tune-in to God, through blood sacrifice, and that really means “life” sacrifice– not just a little blood, but the whole life-ending loss of blood from something that lived, but would no-longer live. The new tune-in method wasn’t nearly so close as the previous relationship, but it was good to again see a little light in the awful darkness of SEPARATION. This gave Adam a shadowy kind of reconciliation. He could “touch” God through the death of a living creature. In this way God could let Himself be touched by a “dirty” hand, without the hand getting “toasted.” Or something like that.

Now comes the sacrifice of Jesus, the Perfect, the Best,– it brought a wonderfully better reconciliation to Adam’s race– one permanent, one complete, one death to end the blood-letting for eternity, one that achieves better cleansing of the hands and the heart, better fellowship, better peace, better identity.

Here’s a word-picture that helps me, “juices” me, every time. The cross has two arms. The left arm is the blood-death of Jesus. It brings about this better reconciliation (touching) and invaluable justification. I need it, I understand it, I believe it! Praise the Lord for the left arm of the cross. It effectively deals with my Adam connection, my sin nature, sin’s ownership on my life. But I need more.

The right arm of the cross deals with my less-than-perfect Christian “walk.” It reminds me that it is the life of Jesus that keeps me safe from the “wrath” of God’s heavenly and eternal law. Because He lives, I live. If He always lives, I will always live. His righteousness abides forever, my safety abides forever. Thanks Jesus. You’re my Savior and my Safety.

Anything happening yet?– something stirring? Some experience? Any “juice, yet?

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Rom 5:8-11, NASB77)

Try reading Truth to your “baby-self.”

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward ________, in that while _________ was yet sinner, Christ died for ___________. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, ____________ shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while ____________ was an enemy, ____________ was reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, ____________ shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but _____________ can also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom ____________ has now received the reconciliation.

Identity-verse #2

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Rom 5:1 [NASB77]).
The “identity ” message in this verse is in the word “justified.” Notice the verb tense–having been justified. This indicates action completed in the past. So, a person needs to know if this is actually true about her/himself. “Have I been justified?” one must cry out into the silent heavens.
“Justified” as it is used here means,”given a proper, legal standing.”
To explain the meaning I’ll offer this anecdote. Let’s suppose that you had been born in Canada, but recently had come to Mexico (Isla Mujeres) on a tourist visa. Your legal standing in Mexico would be “tourist.”
Now, if you decided to remain in Mexico, and applied for citizenship, and completed the requirements necessary for that status, you would be recognized by the Mexican government as a citizen with all legal privileges that pertain. You would be legally “justified,” just as if you had been born a Mexican citizen.
Did you stay with me through all those words? I hope so! I do so want you to UNDERSTAND. Basic understanding of Bible (New Covenant) facts is necessary to basic belief-system change, which is necessary for basic control of emotions, which is necessary for basic control of behavior.
Continuing with our “identity verse,” Paul informs us that the fact of being “justified” is brought about by “faith.” The meaning of faith here is a two-step activity. The Canadian must realize her/his present citizenship is inadequate for the desired new life in Mexico, and must let it go, or “repent” of it. Secondly, the repentant Canadian must choose to trust in the plan and promises of the Mexican constitution that makes available the status of Mexican citizenship.
In the same way, the soul looking to God for a new life, a new citizenship with its array of new opportunities, rewards and freedom from condemnation, must repent of an old identity and self-sufficiency, and choose to trust the plan and promises of the best heart that ever beat, the best tongue that ever spoke, the best eyes that ever cried over a lost lamb, the best hands that ever lifted a loved one out of a cold grave–the Lord Jesus.

Stay tuned-in for “identity-verse #3

New Identity In-Christ

Sorry about the troubles, fears, exhaustion, worry, doubts, insecurity, etc. Well, I can’t change your circumstances, but I can teach you some “identity-verses.” In order to get go-juice (power) out of the Bible you need to understand it. When you are increasing your understanding of God’s word you are breaking up the “fallow ground” of childhood learning (womb to age 10)– including that very strong learning of identity.
Review-so-far: Increased understanding can lead to positive changes in the belief-system, including improved self-esteem (identity).
Speaking of identity– me teacher, you learner. I can decide for myself, but you have to decide for yourself. Read on to see if I can “rightly divide” God’s Truth so that you begin to experience an increase in understanding.

Identity-verse #1
(Rom 8:1 [NASB77])
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Read this verse aloud, please.
Now once again, but this time read your name into the verse at an appropriate place so that it continues to make sense– like this:
(Rom 8:1 [NASB77])
There is therefore now no condemnation for ______ who (is) in Christ Jesus.
What does “therefore now” mean? Exactly so, you know.
What does “condemnation” mean? You know-sure.
What does “in Christ” mean? You may need a nudge here. Apostle Paul, the author of Romans, used “in Adam” to refer to non-Christians, and he used “in Christ” to refer to Christians. So this marks our verse as an “identity-verse.” Just so you know, Paul wrote a lot on the subject of Christian behavior, and a lot on the subject of Christian identity. Warning– study Christian identity, understand the “new-creation-identity-you” until it is like a big bell clanging in your belief-system. Then slowly begin to study Christian behavior.
Now, read our verse again, aloud, but this time read your “baby name” into it. Your “baby name” is what your parent(s) called you early in your life. Do you know it? If so, read it in. Mine was “Ran-boy.” My mother called me that. I don’t remember my Dad calling me anything. So, I’ll read– “There is therefore now no condemnation for Ran-boy who is in Christ Jesus.”
Am I sure about this? Yes, I am sure. Is this assurance go-juice for me? Yes!
Did you experience anything with this shorty exercise in faith? “Yes” is an experience– “no” is also an experience. Write yourself a note about your experience. Place the note in your Bible at Rom.8:1. You’ll be reading it again,soon?
Identity verse #2 coming up tomorrow!