“Who are you?” Seriously. This is not a trick question. At first reading it seems rhetorical, but it is a very important question for the believer. You see, being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb denotes that we have a complex identity. Although we are are uniquely and entirely ourselves, we also have Christ present in us living out his life through us. I continually marvel at the Apostle Paul’s keen knowledge of this profound truth, being able to speak of himself (or us), yet acknowledging God’s absolute presence in and through us. Consider just a sampling…

Romans 8:10
But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 4:7
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Colossians 1:29
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

Gal 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

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  1. My friend,

    If these things be so, then why do most Christians (at least from my experience, including myself) live as if we understand not the truth these verses represent? Why do the seem as if words on a page that one may read and thus forget? Why seems there no traction to the soul?

  2. Ah yes…the de facto vis-a-vis the de jure or the angst between “the fact” of the matter and “the ought” of the matter. Regardless of one’s take on Romans 7:15-25, we can all testify to the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit, or the old self versus the new self.

    I, too, can’t help but wonder why it is that there is so much anemic Christianity and why the Church does not focus more on the spiritual disicplines in advancing fully devoted disciples of Christ. A great place to begin is a responsible and radical grip on Colossians 3:1-15. Committing this passage to memory, reciting it daily, and praying God’s grace to manifest in these precise terms is a start.

    1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

    12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

    15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  3. “Who am I?” Hmmmm.

    A believer. A follower of Christ. Selfish, yet seeking selflessness. Fallen, yet striving for holiness. Man, redeemed, thus Spirit filled…. and capable of much more than the flesh buys into. Through Christ and by way of the Spirit, I am the man God designed me to be.

    I raise another question. “Who are you listening to?”

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