But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
—Romans 8:9 (NKJV)
Not knowing who you are in Christ is like having the best gift in the world and not bothering to unwrap it. You believed in Christ by faith (Romans 10:10), and you also have to believe in your identity in Christ by faith. Jesus is God’s gift to you, just waiting to be opened. But if you don’t learn who you are in Christ, you won’t experience the miracle He has given you.
When Jesus becomes your Savior, you are born of the Holy Spirit. The redeeming and all-powerful God lives in your spirit, which has been born again by the precious blood of Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit. You are no longer identified to God as “flesh.” The Holy Spirit identifies you as God’s own. And He wants to reveal to you the new life that is yours in Christ.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh [the physical is merely physical], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6, AMP).
The flesh is only physical. It can’t give you a right standing with God. The flesh will wear you out and drain you dry. The physical eventually ends in death, but the Holy Spirit gives life. What God speaks through His Word is of the Spirit. His Words are Truth, and they are life!
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:64, NKJV).
You have received the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. But to know what this means, you must be changed in your mind by the renewing of God’s life-giving Word. Don’t be conformed to man’s opinion that regards what is seen and felt as Truth. Be transformed in your thinking to believe the unseen Truth God has given you (Romans 12:2). Until you believe what you have received from God in Christ, you won’t live in the freedom Jesus has given His life for you to possess.
The unseen spiritual realm that lives within us is more real than the physical realm we live in. Do we yearn to experience the freedom of His peace? We already have His peace within us. The peace of God lives within your spirit just waiting to calm your mind. The promises of God are just waiting to be known and experienced. You must draw from the Truth of what is yours in Christ. The Truth of God’s Word—His promises—is appropriated by faith. His Truth is opened up and taken as your soon. Without applying faith—without choosing to believe in His Truth that you can’t see or hear or feel, you can’t draw from the well of His Truth within you.
God-in-the-flesh humbled himself and came to earth, taking our disgrace and shame, unconditionally giving us His righteousness, and making us one with Him. The Gospel of Grace is not that you serve Jesus and die for Jesus. The Gospel of Grace is that Jesus served you and, taking your sin, died as you. Then He rose from death to life as you, so you can be as He is (I John 4:19).
The Gospel of Grace is the power of God for our complete redemption—our wholeness of spirit, soul, and body—where we live in the promise of forgiveness and healing and the provision for every need.
Draw from the Truth within that never runs dry. Feast on the manna of Truth He continually pours from His Word. Learn the new person you have been made in your spirit by His Spirit until you believe it in your heart. Take what is yours in Christ. Walk by faith and not by sight.
Do you wish to experience the Truth of who you are in Christ? To know what your eyes haven’t seen? It is time to unwrap your present—to unwrap Jesus. You can begin with Ephesians 1.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher