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The Believer's New Identity

Upon being "born again" (the believer's new spiritual birth), your position changes from that of a mere sinful human being to that of being a child of God...one of His saints. This change of spiritually legal position results in an immediate change in personal identity. Thereafter, in the ongoing battle by Satan with God to get your soul, Satan takes the saint and tempts, tricks, and confuses the saint into such things as: (1) lying (though, by new identity, the saint is no longer "a liar"); (2) cheating (though, by new identity, the saint is no longer "a cheater"); (3) adultery (though, by new identity, the saint is no longer "an adulterer"); (4) gossiping (though, by new identity, the saint is no longer "a gossip"); blaspheming (though, by new identity, the saint is no longer "a blasphemer"); etc. and so forth.

Rev. Tony Evans' July 2002 devotional magazine carried a series on the new identity. One day the Queen was having problems keeping her little daughter still, even with many corrections and warnings. Finally, the Queen looked down at her little girl and said, "Young lady, be still! Remember who you are!" This spoke to the little girl's identity as a member of the royal family.

Satan knows that if he can keep you from discovering and being willing to believe in your new identity in Christ, he can hold you hostage to sin. But, the truth is that the key to your new personal identity as a born-again Christian...who you are...is always and only in your spiritual birth.

I Peter 1:3:

 
KJB: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"
 
NASB: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the  resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"

I Peter 1:23:

 
KJB: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
 
NASB: "For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God."

2 Corinthians 5:17-18:

 
KJB: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;"
 
NASB: "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,"

 

 

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(posted 27 July 2002; latest update 27 November 2002)