Who Are You Really? Finding Our Identity In Christ
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Our current sermon series is titled, “Who Are You, Really?” In this series we’re walking through Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus, as he reveals the life-changing message that, for followers of Christ, our identity is found in Him. We’re five weeks into the series now, and we’ve just worked our way through the second chapter of the book.
This past Sunday we looked at Ephesians 2:11-22. The amazing truth that flows from this passage, among other things, is that Jesus’ sacrificial death brings peace to all the relationships in our lives. In the church we naturally focus on the peace that Jesus’ brings in our relationship with God – while we were still in rebellion against God, Jesus Christ gave His life, He took the penalty of sin for us so that we could be reconciled to God. This is, of course, all true and glorious. But Christ also died so that we could be reconciled to one another. Listen to these words from verses 14-16:
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
I love the picture this passage paints! One new humanity – what a beautiful picture! Paul was speaking to a group of Christ-followers that were struggling because they still identified as Jews and Gentiles, and he challenged them to think outside the confines of the world’s constraints. He said, in essence, you’re no longer Jew or Gentile or anything else. You need to see yourselves as one new humanity, because of Christ – a new humanity defined by nothing more, and nothing less, than the fact that they belong to Christ. One new humanity.
That’s what God desires for us, too. It’s one of the last things Jesus prayed for before He was crucified (Jn. 17). It’s part of the reason Christ died. As followers of Christ, it’s time for us to lay aside all the things that the world and satan use to divide us, and run toward the unity that Christ bought for us with His blood. It’s time to stop identifying according to politics, or race, or culture, or gender, or ethnicity, or anything else. It’s time to find our identity in one place – in the fact that we belong to Christ! Won’t you join us as we grow into this new humanity together!
God bless you all this week as you seek to serve Him!