SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
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MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST PART 2
In our last lesson, in "My Identity In Christ Part One, we discussed what it meant to be born again in
our spirits, and how this brought around a heart change for us.  We used 2 Corinthians 5:17, which
says,  Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new
creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the
fresh and new has come!   We began to see that when we are born again, a transformation has taken
place in our spirits, and the only way to know what has really transpired in our spirits is through the
Word of God.  We can not perceive it through external things, and we can't perceive it through our
emotions, because that would be perceiving in the soulish realm.  But in the spirit part of us, there is
a transformation....if we be " In Christ Jesus".

A few scriptures which show the things that took place when a person received Jesus into their life.
Ephesians 4:24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, [Godlike] in
true righteousness and holiness.  When a person is born again, their spirit becomes imbued with
God's Spirit  i.e; righteousness and holiness.  

The Bible actually speaks of two types of righteousness.  There is a righteousness produced through
your own actions.  You must understand that kind of righteousness.  It is not acceptable to God,
because it is considered unclean.  

Isaiah 57:11-15
Of whom have you been so afraid and in dread that you lied and were treacherous and did not
[seriously] remember Me, did not even give Me a thought? Have I not been silent, even for a long
time, and so you do not fear Me? 12 I will expose your [pretended] righteousness and your doings,
but they will not help you. 13 When you cry out, let your [rabble] collection of idols deliver you! But
the wind shall take them all, a breath shall carry them away. But he who takes refuge in Me shall
possess the land [Judea] and shall inherit My holy mountain [Zion, also the heavenly inheritance and
the spiritual Zion].  14 And the word of One shall go forth, Cast up, cast up, prepare the way! Take up
the stumbling block out of the way [of the spiritual return] of My people. 15 For thus says the high
and lofty One — He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but
with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and
to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].

Philippians 3:7-9
But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to
consider as [one combined] loss for Christ's sake. 8 Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss
compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the
surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively
becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and
understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to
be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), 9 And that I
may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can
be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demands (ritualistic uprightness and
supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness]
which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which
comes from God by [saving] faith.

As you can see through these scriptures and previous studies in "Righteousness By Faith (Parts one
and two), God does not accept you based on your external righteousness.  He literally gave you His
righteousness through His Holy Spirit being impregnated into your spirit when you came to Salvation.

In 2 Corinthians 5:21, the word declares that God the Father made the Son to become sin for us that
we might be made the righteousness of God In Him.
 So there is a righteousness which goes far
beyond our external righteousness and is based on what God did for us.  We literally received the
righteousness of God by faith IN Christ.  We were created in righteousness and true holiness.  A
simple definition is that we are already in right standing with God.  If we are IN CHRIST by growing and
practicing what we are learning in the Word of God, without duplicity or double mindedness.

God is pleased with us based on Christ IN us, not on anything else.  Our spirit is where the change
takes place.  We are new creatures: Ephesians 2:10  For we are God's [own] handiwork (His
workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works.  We were
sealed with Holy Spirit of promise.  

Ephesians 1:13  In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings
(Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped
with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit.  

You have a new identity.  For you to have relationship with God, you have to fellowship with and
worship Him, based on who you are in your spirit (the temple where God dwells), not in your flesh.

This is really the great transformation in the Christian life.  A Christian must have a change of
identity.  Your allegiance is not unto yourself anymore, but now and forever unto your Lord and
Master, Jesus. You must now relate to God based not on what you do in the physical realm, not what
you think in your mind, but by who you are in the spirit based on what Christ has done for you.  This is
a completed work.   This does not change or stop and start.  It is a finished work by Christ.  You were
created in righteousness and true holiness.  This is the spirit part of you and your new identity IN
Christ, and where you now have fellowship and worship Him in spirit and truth acquiring His Mind, His
Will and His Heart.
Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
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1.  Read 1 Corinthians 6:17.  The only way we can know that our transformation has taken place in our
spirit, is by the Word of God.  What does this verse say has happened to us?
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2.  
Read Ephesians 3:17.  Where does Christ now dwell? ______________________________________

3.  
Read Ephesians 3:17.  How does this happen? ____________________________________________

4.  
Read 1 John 5:12.  Who must we posses in order to have salvation? __________________________

5.  
Read Colossians 1:26-27.  What is the mystery that was hidden from ages and generations but is
now made known? ____________________________________________________________________

6.  
Read Ephesians 4:23-24.  What was created in righteousness and true holiness?
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7.  
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21.  Whose righteousness do we now possess? _________________________

8.  
Read Ephesians 1:4.  What is the standing of the believer before God? _________________________

9.
 Read Ephesians 1:6.  How were we accepted? ________________________
Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
1 Corinthians 6:17
But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.

Ephesians 3:17
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent
home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,

1 John 5:12
He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God
does not have that life.

Colossians 1:26-27
The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but
is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), 27 To whom God was pleased to make
known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is
Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.

Ephesians 4:23-24
And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual
attitude], 24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image,
[Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through
Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the
righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right
relationship with Him, by His goodness].

Ephesians 1:4
Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ
before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for
Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.

Ephesians 1:6
[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor
and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
Answers to Questions
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1.  Read 1 Corinthians 6:17.  The only way we can know that our transformation has taken place in our
spirit, is by the Word of God.  What does this verse say has happened to us?  Our spirits have been
joined together with the Lord.

2.  
Read Ephesians 3:17.  Where does Christ now dwell?  In our hearts

3.  
Read Ephesians 3:17.  How does this happen?  By faith

4.  
Read 1 John 5:12.  Who must we posses in order to have salvation?  The Son (Jesus Christ)

5.  
Read Colossians 1:26-27.  What is the mystery that was hidden from ages and generations but is
now made known?  Christ in us, the hope of glory

6.  
Read Ephesians 4:23-24.  What was created in righteousness and true holiness?  Our new man (our
born-again spirits.

7.  
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21.  Whose righteousness do we now possess?  God's righteousness in
Christ.

8.  
Read Ephesians 1:4.  What is the standing of the believer before God?  Holy and without blame.

9.  
Read Ephesians 1:6.  How were we accepted?  In the Beloved (Jesus Christ)
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