Our Identity: I am in Christ

Maybe you are like me and struggle from time to time with feelings of inadequacy and don’t feel up to the task, whatever that job might be. Maybe it is other feelings that plague you like fear, condemnation, shame or one of a whole host of other possibilities. The reason why people feel these feelings is because they no longer enjoy perfect and uninhibited fellowship with God as a result of the Fall. Are the feelings just mentioned our lot as human beings?

For the Christian, this does not have to be because the Christian is in union with Christ. Paul sums up the believer’s situation best when he states,

Romans 5:18-18 – Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act
of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s
disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience, the many
will be made righteous.

The Bible teaches that there are two Adams. The first Adam is the Adam first mentioned in Genesis chapter 1. Because of his disobedience, all men and women suffer from the same predicament, namely, we all inherit Adam’s sinful nature and our disconnected from God. This dilemma is why you and I struggle with fear, loneliness, depression, shame, and guilt.

Since the believer is united in a relationship with God through Christ, we are no longer are “in Adam” but “in Christ.” When we were “in Adam” we were slaves to our sinful condition. For those in Christ, they have been adopted into the family of God, resulting in their deliverance from the bondages that accompany being “in Adam.” In Christ, the relationship lost in the Fall has been reestablished, though not complete until we get to heaven. Therefore, fear, loneliness, depression, shame, and guilt has a remedy because the believer is rightly related to Christ. He or she must walk in that identity and take their concerns to God in prayer.


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