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Identity Theft

January 17

  "Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature: ..."  2 Corinthians 5:17
 
 
 

"Satan ... is very astute at spiritual hacking."

 

 

 

Do you possess a spiritual alias?  There are some, even of the cloth, who purport that the Church is flush with secret agent believers; they who profess to be saved, yet live lives consistently to the contrary.  We can indulge that nonsense of identity crisis if we choose; but the Scriptural fact is our identity determines almost solely what we do.  “… old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  Only when we employ the hypocrite or suffer identity theft do we fail to live out our new lives in CHRIST.  Furthermore, being identified with the LORD does come with a set of inherent perks.  Consider these three for starters:

  • To identify with CHRIST is a pardon of incomparable mercy: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in CHRIST JESUS …”

  • To identify with CHRIST is a possession of inestimable holiness: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the SPIRIT, if so be that the SPIRIT of GOD dwell in you. Now if any man have not the SPIRIT of CHRIST, he is none of HIS.”

  • To identify with CHRIST is a propriety of immense value: “But of him are ye in CHRIST JESUS, WHO of GOD is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”

Satan, in network with the world and our flesh, is very astute at spiritual hacking.  In this life, loss of one's identity can prove financially disastrous.  In the realm which truly matters, even brief loss of one's identity in CHRIST may prove costly as well.  Knowing the high price of identity theft, Paul wrote in his first letter to Corinth: "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."

The stakes are indeed high!  Take up your full armor, (cf. Ephesians 6:10-18) and safeguard your identity in the LORD at all costs.

“… put on the new man, which after GOD is created in righteousness and true holiness.”


For Love of Country
Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)
(former slave and abolitionist)
"I loved all mankind, slaveholder not excepted, though I abhorred slavery more than ever.  I saw the world in a new light ... I gathered scattered pages of the Bible from the filthy street gutters, and washed and dried them, that in moments of leisure I might get a word or two of wisdom from them."

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