The Foundational Series
V. Purified Identity through the Presence of God and the Work of the Cross
The key to winning the purity of our identity in Christ is our abiding in the Presence of God to whom our identity is drawn. The Presence of God becomes the anchor of the soul as it endures the work of the cross in severing it from the force of natural life through its conflict with earth-based identity.
Whether at peace or war therefore, we have to immerse ourselves in the awareness of the Presence of Jesus Christ. It is to be our consistent reference point for inward focus. We have to spend much, much time with God. By this we feed our true identity, re-affirming who we really are, and, through the work of the cross, subduing the remaining awarenesses of old identities.
· When national governments make demands on us which challenge the purity of our Christian identity, appealing to us through our natural sense of national identity, we have to turn inward to the Presence of God and declare, "By God's grace I am no longer an American."
· When political parties tempt us to compromise our new identity the same way, we turn into God and say, "By God's grace I am no longer a Republican (or Democrat)."
· When family puts pressure on us contrary to the Spirit, appealing through the force of blood identity, we have to turn into God's Presence and affirm, "In Christ I am no longer a Jones."
· When sin tempts us through the force of our sexual identity, we have to move into God and declare, "By grace I am no longer male (or female)."
Feeding on the Presence of God is the key to victory of the purity of our new identity while enduring the work of the cross over every evil challenge of natural life through earth-based identity.
The less we come to respond to life according to our sense of natural identities, the less we become subject to temptation in that area. ("He that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin." I Pt 4:1). Eventually, we will come to the place where all sense of earth-based identity is drained out of us, sin has no more avenue to us, and the wineskin of our mortality has no alternative but to be swallowed up of life. So will we attain to the resurrection as Paul longed for (II Cor. 5:4; Phil. 3:11).
This is the climax goal of purified identity. The key is enduring the conflict through abiding in the Presence of God. All of this is the meaning behind "putting off the old man and putting on the new." It's a matter of putting off awareness to old identities, replacing them with the singular awareness of identity in the Son of God. It is also the meaning of "losing your life for Christ's sake." It's a matter of losing sensitivity to and awareness of every conceivable identity outside identity in Jesus Christ.
Finally, this is the entire meaning of "holiness." Holiness (or "sanctification") means "separation" or "setting apart.” Separation from what? From all awareness of earth-based identity. Unto what? Unto identity in Christ.
written from Pleasant Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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