A New Name, A New Way
For much of my life as a Christian, I lived as an orphan, not realizing God looked upon me with favor, lovingly — as His. I didn’t realize that God is pleased with me because He is pleased with Jesus in me. I was unaware of my identity as a believer, and I read scripture as an attack on my life.
Now, verses like “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you,” and “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death,” are strength to my soul.
In the mindset of an orphan, I believed I was controlled by sin, condemned and enslaved to sin and death. But, in Christ, I am a child of God. My identity is that I am not controlled by sin. I am not condemned. I am not a slave to sin and death. I believe that, and scripture is not attacking me but breathing life into me. God loves me, and I am His.
C.J. Mahaney says, “It would have been extraordinary enough for God simply to redeem us, to forgive our sins, to declare us righteous. But he does not stop here — he makes us his children (Gal. 4:4-7).
Romans 4:17 says, “the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” Also worded this way — God names the things as though they are and then makes them that way. This is such good news! God gives us a new name — a new identity — then He makes us that way!
He adopts you and transforms you by the renewing of your mind.
He calls you righteous and causes you to believe Him.
He calls you “not condemned” and causes you to love your brother.
He breaks the chains of enslavement to sin and brings forth joy.
He redeems and forgives and His kindness leads to repentance.
Do you believe this, or are you living like an orphan? Pray for the spirit of God to pervade your unbelief. If you are in Christ, you are His child. Live in the joy of your inheritance today.