Identity Revealed

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. ~Colossians 3:1-4

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ~2 Corinthians 5:11-21

In Context

I put this entire section from scripture here to keep in context the often used — We are a new creation, old things are passed away, all things are new. — out of context. To me, this says that we can now be reconciled to God because of Christ and we have his Spirit to now empower us in our new ‘righteousness’ because of Christ. Making Christ the Lord of our lives, makes it possible, because of our relationship with Christ. To then know who we are, to realize our identity—our Created Identity. There is no other way we can know who we are without a relationship with Christ and his Spirit revealing the truth about who we are.

Conversely, it is NOT miraculous…not a woohoo, I’m new! It is a process of healing and growth. I don’t know about you, but when I made the decision to make Christ Lord of my life, that was simply the beginning of a process, not a 180-degree turn.

Personal Identities Can Be False Identities

It is only through a relationship with Jesus Christ that our core identity is revealed to each of us. All other identities are either false or earthly things that we identify ‘with.’ Is God pleased with our worship? Are we so close to him that we know what is will is from one moment to the next? —or— Are we living our lives from our sense of right and wrong? What we feel, think, do, or desire is not identity, but are things we identify with or roles that we play.

Freedom is only found when we die to ourselves.

However…

He is also concerned with our pain and realizes that we need that intimate relationship to heal from a lifetime of wounds which impact our view of God, ourselves and others. When we are able to learn to allow God into those painful places, we will hear and feel his love for us. It is because of The Ministry of Reconciliation that our value, worth, and unconditional love for us can be revealed, even in our sinful struggles.