Knowing who we are in Christ is knowing our position in spite of our condition. Truly knowing who we are in Christ produces humility in condition instead of pride of position. Liberal and convenient Christianity does not understand true condition but only recognizes professed position. Until our position is understood, our Christian walk is stumped. We cannot stand against the enemy until our position is realized. “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11.
The enemy is real. Satan walks around as a roaring lion, seeking who he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). To the saints, he is always looking to trap or ensnare and to the sinners…well, he is their god. The believer must understand their position in Christ which, as I stated, requires recognizing their condition. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19. The demons believe in Jesus but they are not saved, nor do they have the power of God. As a Christian, we accept Jesus as our Saviour. We understand He died on the Cross for us. However, how many Christians do not walk in the power of God? They have accepted Jesus’ justification but have not accepted their condition.
Once we, as Christians, accept our condition our position is revealed. By yielding completely to the Lord’s provision and care of our spiritual well being, we understand His power and our condition. Then and only then, do we have on the whole armor of God; we understand the armor of God is provided by God and His power…and we abide in His power. To “put on” in Greek is the same word as “abide”.
To understand who we are in Jesus, we will also understand humility. We will understand God’s righteousness is not ours because we claim His righteousness but because of what Jesus’ did on the Cross. Once we finally understand our position, we will understand professing our righteousness does not please God, as Joseph Prince and many others like to say, but it is the righteousness of Jesus that pleases God (“…This is my beloved Son, in whom, I am well pleased.” Matt.3:17). It is our faith in Jesus that pleases God. Anything else we do to try and please God is called works…and that includes positive confession. If we have to remind ourselves we are the righteous of God, we don’t truly understand our position.
Too many believers don’t experience the power of God because they don’t believe. To put on the full armor of God we must understand the power of God. To understand the power of God we must know our position in Christ which requires accepting our condition. THEN we will see the lame walk, the blind see and bondages brought down by the power of God. – Donna Warren