Who we are in CHRIST  

by Omolola Oriogun

On the first sunday of this year, I was playing with my friend’s little son and told him, “I will not allow you enter my car”, the little boy laughed and said to me, “I will enter your car  joor.” We both burst out laughing. I then said, “I will not allow you enter your daddy’s car.” Instead of the boy laughing, he said to his dad, “Daddy, give me your car keys.” His father gave him the car keys. The little boy looked at me and said, “I have the key to my daddy’s car, it is you that will not enter my daddy’s car joor.”

It jolted me and it got me thinking for days. I told his mom, “Do you know that what your son did is how GOD wants us to relate with HIM?” My friend sighed and then agreed with me, and we both asked GOD for HIS help.

When you make JESUS the LORD of your life, something definite will happen to you, something you won’t be able to explain with words. Because, you are created in CHRIST JESUS, born again and you are given an inheritance in HIM.

You know, I repeatedly asked GOD these questions: “what’s the purpose You created me for, why did You give me a sonorous voice, why did You make me this beautiful, etc?”  After a long while, I got the answers I’ve been looking for. I realised that everything I have – life, sonorous voice, beauty, good shape, good job – all GOD has given me is for one major purpose – GOD!!!   I must use all I have for HIM, I must reproduce myself for HIM, invest myself in others as JESUS is doing; as Apostle Paul and other fathers of faith did and return in multiple folds all that GOD has given me just like in the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30). This is who I am in CHRIST.

We realise that in the physical realm, we were born of our mothers. We weren’t created; we were born. While in the spiritual realm, we were not just “born of GOD,” but re-created by GOD. A change took place. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

When you accepted JESUS as your LORD, an actual creation took place. The old man – your unregenerated spirit man was replaced by a new man, created in CHRIST JESUS. The new birth that occurred in you was done spiritually by the creative power of GOD.

Being in CHRIST:
You are a complete and total individual. There has never been, and never will be, another person just like you. When you received JESUS as LORD, GOD brought you into living not just mere existence by HIS creative power. A seed was sown in your heart, the incorruptible seed of GOD’s Word and you were placed in CHRIST JESUS.

You need to know and understand the reality of being in CHRIST. It is an outstanding revelation from GOD’s Word that will affect your thinking, your believing, your actions, and your speech (Ephesians 2:13).

Who is in CHRIST JESUS? Ephesians 1:10 makes us understand that GOD will gather all that are found in CHRIST JESUS to HIMSELF at the end of time. So it’s not just those who have died and gone to heaven that are in CHRIST JESUS, the scripture says, “all things in CHRIST, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in HIM.”

Being in CHRIST means that you are “the saved; the healed; the delivered.” Why? Because you have confessed with your mouth that JESUS is LORD and have believed in your heart that GOD raised HIM from the dead (Romans 10:9; Isa. 53:5; 1 Pet. 2:24; Colossians 1:13; Luke 4:18).

The Bible says that GOD sent JESUS that HE might become the first born of many brethren (Romans 8:29). GOD planted the seed of HIS Son, JESUS, in order to get a harvest; and HE reaps HIS harvest as new souls are added to HIS kingdom. The hundred-fold principle is now in operation.

You are called a joint-heir with CHRIST JESUS. The Word says that when you made JESUS your LORD, you became one spirit with HiM. You are in HIM. GOD sees you in JESUS. HE not only came inside you, but you also went inside HIM. All HE’s asking of you is to “abide in HIM” (John 15:4).

You need to see yourself “in CHRIST” and know the reality of it.

Your Inheritance:
What does it mean to obtain an inheritance? Acts 20:32 and Ephesians 1:11 make us know that GOD didn’t just gave us inheritance, we have OBTAINED it in CHRIST from before the foundation of the earth. Part of your inheritance includes your family position with GOD in heaven after you lay down your body; but you have entered into your inheritance in HIM right now here on this earth. You have the right to operate in that inheritance today.

Colossians 1:12-14 shows you are able to receive and walk in your inheritance because GOD has made you able in CHRIST. So thank and praise GOD for it! For praise and thanksgiving unto the Father play a big part in receiving your inheritance.

What did you inherit in CHRIST?
Did you just inherit heaven as your home? No. Hebrews 1:4 says, “Being made so much better than the angels, as HE hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” You have inherited JESUS’ authority as well as HIS name. You have inherited the kingdom of GOD just like we see in Colossians 2:9-10. There is embodied in you all that is in the Godhead – JESUS, the Spirit of GOD, the heavenly Father, the mind of CHRIST, the faith of GOD, the love of GOD. You have in you the very life of GOD, because you are in CHRIST JESUS.

Everything JESUS received when HE was raised from the dead, everything that has happened to JESUS since HE was raised from the dead, is yours – not just part of it, all of it!
When JESUS was raised from the dead, HE received a glorified body. You will get one, too. 

JESUS was raised from the dead by the mighty power of GOD and was seated at HIS right hand in the heavenly places. That same mighty power of GOD worked in you when you made JESUS the LORD of your life. It raised you up and set you in heavenly places in CHRIST JESUS (Eph 2:6; Colossians 1:21-23; Philippians 2:15).

Living in Righteousness:
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 makes us understand that being in CHRIST JESUS makes you a new creature, or a new creation. The literal Greek text says a new species of being which never existed before. When you become a new creature, your spirit is completely re-created. Old things are passed away, all things become new, and all things are of GOD. You need to realize that you are not a spiritual schizophrenic- half-GOD and half-Satan, you are all-GOD. The problem area is not in your spirit; it lies in your mind and body. It is every believer’s responsibility to take GOD’s Word and renew his mind; then he can use that Word to control his body (Ephesians 4:20-24).

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, he explained to them that they had been delivered from their sinful flesh and had been re-created in righteousness. However, it was their responsibility as an act of their will to put on the new man in CHRIST and stop the works of the flesh. The same principle applies to you and me as believers today. We have been re-created by GOD in the spirit, but we must take the Word of GOD and use it to renew our minds and control our flesh (Rom. 12:1-2).

Just knowing that you have been made the righteousness of GOD in CHRIST is not enough. You need to have a full understanding of what righteousness is and what it means to you as an individual believer. Many sincere Christians are living far below their privileges in CHRIST simply because they do not understand their place as children of GOD. Righteousness is one of the most vital areas in the Christian walk. Without a knowledge of righteousness, you will never obtain all that is yours in GOD.

The word translated righteousness literally means to be in right-standing. When a person receives JESUS as LORD of his life, he is made righteous. By being brought into right-standing with GOD, every believer is given certain privileges or rights as GOD’s child.

The best illustration of this is the story of the man who saved for years to be able to buy a boat ticket to America. Once he had saved enough, he bought his ticket and boarded the ship. Since he didn’t have any money left for food, he brought along some crackers and cheese. Every evening at mealtime, he would look into the dining room at the other passengers enjoying their food; then he would return to his cabin and eat his crackers and cheese. The day the ship docked in New York harbor, a steward came to him and said, “Sir, have we offended you in any way? I noticed that you didn’t eat any of your meals in our dining room.” The man answered, “Oh, no! You see, I didn’t have enough money for meals so I ate in my room.” Then the steward said, “But sir, your meals were included in the ticket!”

As Christians, we have an abundance of privileges available to us. They were bought and paid for by JESUS at Calvary. But if we don’t know it, how can we take advantage of them?

In Ephesians 6:10-18, the Apostle Paul described the armor of GOD. One of the most important pieces of this armor is the breastplate of righteousness. A breastplate covers the vital parts of a soldier’s body. Your right-standing with GOD acts as that breastplate. It covers the vital part of a Christian’s identity – his right to the authority provided for him in JESUS CHRIST. You need to put on your breastplate of righteousness and wear it victoriously. It will bring the force of righteousness into operation on your behalf.

One of your rights in the kingdom is answered prayer (1 Peter 3:12; James 5:16).

Spend time in GOD’s Word and find out for yourself the rights you have. When you do, righteousness will become an active, powerful force in your life.

Standing in a Point of Authority:
One of the hardest things for people to understand and receive is living from a point of authority. When you made JESUS the LORD of your life, Colossians 1:13 says you were delivered from the power of darkness. The word power is literally translated authority. You have been delivered from the power, or authority of darkness and placed into GOD’s kingdom. The kingdom of GOD includes both heaven and earth. JESUS said,  “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore…” (Matthew 28:18, 19). That power was given to you as part of your inheritance in CHRIST JESUS. You have entered into this position of authority because you are in HIM.

GOD’s power is in HIS Word. HE is upholding all things by the word of HIS power (Hebrews 1:3). You need to learn to minister and walk from a point of authority. In HIS earth-walk, JESUS said such things as “Be thou made whole. Take up your bed and walk.” Then to a lame man Peter said in Acts 3:6, “In the name of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth rise up and walk.” He, too, ministered and spoke from a point of authority.

It’s time for you as a believer to begin to act that way. You have obtained an inheritance, and in that inheritance you have been given all authority. The GOD of the universe lives inside you! HE lives and walks in you and HE has given you HIS power. Become GOD-inside-minded and you will begin to walk in this point of authority.

Let This Mind Be in You:
Philippians 2:5-6 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in CHRIST JESUS: Who, being in the form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be equal with GOD.” You are to think the way JESUS thought. HE didn’t think it robbery to be equal with GOD.

The only reason JESUS was able to have such mind was because HE humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil 2:8). You have to humble yourself. No one else can humble you. You are to humble yourself under the mighty hand of GOD, and at the same time, keep in mind that you are a joint-heir with JESUS (I Peter 5:6; Romans 8:17).

In Conclusion: The moment you made JESUS your LORD, HE gave you the right to stand in the presence of the Father as a king and a priest; not as a beggar or as a sinner but as the righteousness of GOD in CHRIST. You have been redeemed out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of GOD’s dear Son. You have been redeemed into kingship and priesthood. You are a king and a priest in CHRIST JESUS… Amen!!!

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