Good Morning Saints,
Today’s devotional 22/02/19
Topic: *Who are you in Christ after new birth?*
By: *Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla*
Beloved, it is of necessity that you know who you have become in your spirit. You are a new creature in your spirit (2 Cor. 5:17), and you have to re-educate your mind to think that way before the perfect will of God will be made manifest in your physical life (Rom. 12:1-2).
We are more than conquerors through Christ, but we won’t benefit from that truth until this truth is dawn on us in our spirit. It’s like a millionaire that has money in his account but won’t benefit from their bank account if they didn’t know it was there.
This is the condition that the body of Christ has been in. We have simply been ignorant of who we are in Jesus (in our spirits) and of the rights and privileges that are ours. You see, until we see ourselves as Jesus sees us, we won’t enjoy the best of God’s fullness of blessing.
Devil will continue to manipulate a Christian who is ignorant of his new status in Christ Jesus after salvation. You can’t take authority over devil when you don’t know your position in redemption.
Like a goat tied in one location for too long, even after you have released the goat, the goat won’t realize it on time.
As Hosea 4:6 says, *“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”* I have said it time without numbers that many problems Christians face today is not because devil has power over them but because of lack of revelational knowledge of whom they are.
And 2 Peter 1:3 says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”
We know through knowledge according to the verse above.
If Satan can keep a Christian ignorant or in unbelief about who they have become and their rights as a child of the King, he can keep them in bondage even though the law of liberty in Christ Jesus has been put into effect!
The most effective way the devil has done this is through religious unbelief, specifically the wrong doctrinal teachings about us being unworthy, condemned sinners, saved by grace but grace doesn’t cover us again.
Praise God. I was an old sinner, but I got saved by grace, and now I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21). I am not unworthy any longer in my spiritual man.
Ephesians 4:24 says, “And that ye put on the new man [that is speaking of your born-again spirit], which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” My spirit is righteous and truly holy!
But, somebody would say, *“All our righteousness are as filthy rags”* (Is. 64:6), and “There is none righteous, no not one” (Rom. 3:10).
These scriptures refer to our self-righteousness, which can never bring us into fellowship with God because “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
Jesus took our sin and became sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21). That means our new spirits. That’s the part of us that is in Him. If you accept the first part of this verse, that Jesus became sin for us, then you have to accept the next part, that we received His righteousness.
This is not a righteousness which is imparted in heaven or receive when you get to heaven. But as Ephesians 4:24 says, our spirits are now righteous and truly holy.
Hebrews 12:23, speaking of the church now says “the spirits of just men made perfect.”
The spirit that we had which was dead unto God, is gone, and the new spirit which we received at salvation, is righteous, truly holy, and perfect. It is actually the same spirit that we will have throughout all eternity. It will not be changed or improved upon. The flesh part will be changed, but our spirit salvation is complete.
Colossians 1:12 says that we have (past tense) been made meet (fit or able) to partake of the inheritance of the saints.
In our spirits, we are now overcomers, and the rest of the Christian life, stated very simply, is renewing the soul and body to that truth.
You see,the religious teaching that most people have received today has either taught or left the impression that there isn’t any good thing in us. We’ve been taught that the way to activate the power of God in our lives is to keep our unworthiness and weaknesses continually before us. This is characterized by what I call the “false humility attitude” among many Christians. You will hear statements such as “Without Jesus, I can do nothing,” which is totally true, but it is not balanced by the truth that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
We need to realize that we are totally dependent on Jesus, but we have to go beyond that and realize that as we depend on Jesus, we are totally superior to any weapon the devil can use against us. We are world overcomers (1 John 5:4).
Hebrews 12:2 says we have to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, but most of us have been looking at ourselves. No wonder we’ve been weary and have fainted in the battle (Heb. 12:3)
As we change our attention from our own frailty to Christ’s sufficiency and take our place in Him, our faith will be activated, and we’ll begin to live like the King’s kids that we are.
Thanks for reading
Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla