Identity Theft

It’s a huge problem today. People have had their identity stolen and they don’t even know it until they go to check their assets and realize don’t have any access to their wealth.

I’m not talking about cyber-crime.

I’m talking about Christians who think they are lowly sinners, barely citizens of the kingdom of God. Christians who believe they are barely saved, and stand the risk of eternity in hell if Jesus happens to come back the day they skip church. After all, we should never do anything we would not want Jesus to find us doing when He returns.

It’s a crime, and Jesus is the victim.

What the thief made off with is that for which Jesus paid the ultimate price. God didn’t just pay a ransom of gold and silver to buy you back from the clutches of hell. He laid down the ultimate ransom. A life for a life. The life of the One and only Begotten Son of the Almighty, for you—for me.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. - Romans 5:10

We know from the Word that this transaction did not simply return us to His ownership—His slaves. He signed the papers with His own blood, and declared us—not His property—but His family.

Satan offered us up as slaves for sale, but Jesus paid for daughters and sons.

Sadly, though the price has been paid and the chains have been broken from our wrists and ankles, we approach our Father as though we are still enslaved by the hater of our souls.

It’s a crime, and the world is the victim.

Heaven’s plan, detailed by Jesus, included us walking through our generations as He walked through His, abiding in His Father, breaking the power of sin as we encounter it in the lives of others, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, raising the dead, setting the prisoners free.

the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. - 1 John 2:6

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. - John 14:12

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. - Matthew 10:7-8

Because Christians don’t know who they are, or what they have in their possession, they live low impact lives. They (we) keep our heads down, not wanting to impose our “beliefs” on anyone else.

It’s a crime, and Christians are the victims.

We have been given so much and yet live with so little. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Him.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, - Ephesians 1:3

The Host of this party has asked us to sit in the best seat—a heavenly seat with a perfect view of all that surrounds us. And yet, every time we approach our Abba, we’re groveling, begging forgiveness. Our lives are marked with compromise, not because we don’t love God, but because we don’t know we can live above the poverty level.

and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, - Ephesians 2:6

Let’s take back our identities, and live like the supernatural soldiers we are.

Thanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Ben

PS - How do you like my new digs?

12 thoughts on “Identity Theft

  1. Sue C.

    One of my pet peeves is Christians that insist they are sinners. We have been bought by the blood of Christ, we have been redemed. We sin but we are not sinners as is used throughout the Bible. I have a mental picture of someone grubbing along, down cast, without hope, a non-believer, a sinner. We're not that! Or we shouldn't have that appearance. I like, "we can live above the poverty level." Good article, Ben.

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    1. Ben

      Thanks Sue. I come back to this often, because I really think we need to keep hearing it. God's Word only used the word sinner once in talking about any Christian, and that was Paul saying he WAS the worst of them. 70 times - (39 of them Paul) we are referred to as saints.

      I can see your sinner in my minds eye.

      That is not the normal Christian life!

      Blessings.

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  2. Ted

    I am not a minister or Biblical scholar. I'm a Catholic layman, who is more interested in areas where Christians agree than disagree in our lives in Christ. So whenever I come to a site like this I'm here to learn and express an opinion and ask questions. I agree that Christians should be more joyful in their approach to Christ, and wonder why there are so few depictions of a joyful, smiling Jesus enjoying His life among us. This post is different. You're not denying His suffering for our sins, but saying we should be joyful because His sacrificial suffering means our sins are forgiven. I get that. By implication, because I believe we need His example to live our lives according to His will, I think you're also saying Jesus found joy in being a human. His life was not a bed of roses, but He must have found joy in His everyday life, showing us how to live our lives. But I'm confused by the idea that we are no longer sinners.

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    1. Ben

      that's so right Ted,
      Hebrews 1:9 says of Jesus:
      You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions." - Hebrews 1:9 ESV

      Can you imagine how much Joy there would be in healing the sick, raising the dead, setting a man possessed of demons free. Can you imaging hanging out with a dozen guys, and there not being some messing around - some fun - some joy?

      I think Jesus lived full of joy, and as you say - He was also - somehow - a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief as it says in Isaiah 53.

      Thanks for stopping in Ted - glad your being blessed.

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  4. JE Lillie

    Whoopee Dooooooo! Now that's a word we need to hear shouted from every rooftop in Christendom and even louder from every rooftop in pagandom! If we can get this message it will change us and the world through us!

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    1. Ben

      Amen - I haven't read this one in a while, but it did me good - thanks for bringing me back here Pastor J.

      It's so easy to settle back into that malaise that Satan sets before us and forget who we are.

      Blessings Bro!

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