A New Identity
Let's start with our beginning of this "new life" in the death of Jesus. This is our roots. We were in Him (Jesus) in the cross. Just as we were "in Adam", in his loins. For by Adam we all have obtained our natural life as mankind.
Even so we were in Jesus, in "the loins of the Spirit", and now have recieved His life. We were placed there by God. Who calls things that are not as though they were. As Paul said; "I am crucified with Christ". This crucifixion has already taken place in the cross of Jesus. We have been crucified, it's over. This is the start of our "new life". "Except a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abides alone. But if it die, it brings forth much fruit." This grain is Jesus, and we are the fruit.
So we have died to the old man, the natural man. And are now the "sons of God" through Christ resurrection. For just as we died with Him, so now we live by Him in His resurrection life. All things are new and all things are of God.
What does this Identity look like? Well, for starters let's re-read Isiah 53:5. And place our name in the word, this is right, for God Himself placed us in Christ.
"He was wounded for Pete's transgressions. He was bruised for Pete's iniquity, and with His stripes Pete was healed."This is truth. The whole testimony of the Word of God is to be applied personally to our life. We are now the "children of God". Our Identity is not what we think it is; It is what God said it is according to His word.
God has declared that He changes not. And of Jesus; the same yesterday, today, and forever. This means that the word of God is the same in our day. The word is eternal it has neither beginning or end, as God has no beginning or end. The word is a stone that crushes all opposing ideas. The mind of God has declared His certainty, and it shall stand. When-ever we set our mind on an idea that is not God's, we are in error. And life only comes from God's word. The result of false teaching is weakness confusion, sickness, and every evil thing. But in Christ we have been given His victory. And if we will be taught and corrected we will see the truth, and the truth will set you free. If you want to know if you are following truth, see if you are free. A tree is known by it's fruit.
These are strong words, but we have a vicious enemy that is trying to steal, kill, and destroy. I am confident that the strong-holds in our minds will be torn down if we will recieve "the word with meekness", for we all are missing it in a measure. This is why Paul prayed that the inner man be strenghtened with might, and that the eyes of our understanding (mind) be enlightened. Then we will walk in victory, and share that with the "body of Christ" to which we are all joined.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free, let's walk in all that He purchased.