Discipleship – Level 1 Lesson 10

Level 1 Lesson 10

IDENTITY IN CHRIST (Part 2)
By Andrew Wommack

In our last lesson, we discussed what it meant to be born again, that in our spirits,
our hearts are changed. We used 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says, “Therefore if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are
become new.” We began to see that when we are born again, a total transformation has
taken place in our spirits, and the only way to know what has transpired in our spirits is
through the Word of God. We can’t perceive it through external things, and we can’t
perceive it through our emotions, because that is in the soulish realm. But in the spirit
part of us, there is a total transformation.

Let me use a few scriptures which show the things that took place when a person
received Jesus into their life. Ephesians 4:24 says, “Put on the new man, which after God
is created in righteousness and true holiness.” When a person is born again, their spirit
becomes righteous and truly holy. The Bible actually speaks of two types of
righteousness.

There is a righteousness you produce through your own actions, and you must
maintain that type of righteousness in relationships with other people. If you don’t live
right and do right, your boss may fire you or your spouse may divorce you; so you need
to have your own righteousness. God, however, doesn’t accept you based on your
external righteousness. God literally gave you His righteousness.

In 2 Corinthians 5:21 it says 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. We aren’t growing into that righteousness; we are
already righteous. A simple definition is that we are already in right standing with God.

God is pleased with us based on Christ, not on anything else. Our spirits are
where the change took place. We’re already created in righteousness and true holiness
and are brand-new creatures. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus unto good works.” In our spirits, we are perfect and complete. There is no
sin or inadequacy. Ephesians 1:13 says, “After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that
holy Spirit of promise.”

Some of you may think, Well, when I first believed on the Lord, I did believe I
was totally forgiven and cleansed, and everything was fine. But since that time, I have
sinned, I have failed God again. If you did, you failed in your actions and your mental
and emotional part, but your spirit did not sin. It was sealed just as a woman puts fruit
into a jar and then puts paraffin over it to make it airtight and to keep all impurities out.
God sealed you, so when you were born again, you received a new spirit, and sin does not
42penetrate your 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 not in
your flesh.

This is really the great transformation in the Christian life, that a person has to
change their identity. You have to 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
He has done for you. That’s a completed work, something that does not fluctuate (change
back and forth). You were created in righteousness and true holiness. That is the spirit
part of you, and to fellowship with God, you have to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
You have to stand in this identity of who you are in Christ.

Discipleship Questions

1.  Read 1 Corinthians 6:17. The only way we can know that total transformation has
taken place in our spirits is by the Word of God. What does this verse say has happened
to us? __________________________________________________________________

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 possess 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?
________________________________________________________________________

7.  Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. Whose righteousness do we 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 to Use with Questions

1 Corinthians 6:17 – “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”

Ephesians 3:17 – “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted
and grounded in love.”

431 John 5:12 – “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath
not life.”

Colossians 1:26-27 – “[26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from
generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: [27] To whom God would make
known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ
in you, the hope of glory.”

Ephesians 4:23-24 – “[23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; [24] And that ye
put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we
might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Ephesians 1:4 – “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”

Ephesians 1:6 – “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us
accepted in the beloved.”

Answer Key

1.  Read 1 Corinthians 6:17. The only way we can know that total transformation has
taken place in our spirits is by the Word of God. What does this verse say has happened
to us? Our spirits have been joined unto 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 possess 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 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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Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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