You are not defined by your sin. God said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” (Ezekiel 36:26) YOU ARE NOW A CHILD OF GOD, ADOPTED INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD! You are more than a “sinner saved by grace.” You are a new creation in Christ. You are called a saint, a holy one, a son or daughter of God! And by Him we cry, “Abba Father.” (Romans 8:15)
Yes, it’s true…we are made new by the Holy Spirit. But as Paul states in Romans 7, there is a war within us—a civil war. The battle is not between us and God…the traitor is our false self.
As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Romans 7:17-19
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:14-16
We need a lens change in order to see the TRUTH OF OUR IDENTITY. We know that a lens either magnifies light or reflects light. May God open the eyes of our hearts in order to see the greatness of His love for us in Jesus Christ. Consider these three scripturally sound perspectives pertaining to our identity:
- God has given us a new heart. God has removed the deceitful and stony heart and has replaced it with a new heart of flesh! In addition to the heart, EVERYTHING is made new. The regenerated person is a NEW CREATION: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here! (2 Cor. 5:17)
The Holy Spirit makes a person change into a new creation! We can no longer say that the heart of a believer is deceitful and incurably wicked because that would be denying the transforming work of the Holy Spirit!
- God has adopted us into His family and deposited His righteousness in us (our new DNA). For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. (Ephesians 1:4-5)
- God has made his habitation in our frail and weak bodies. We all know that God is a holy and righteous God that cannot have fellowship with evil. What does it mean about our identity that God has made His home in us? Do you not know that your body is temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? (1 Cor. 6:19)