Until now we saw how the Word of God reveals God’s love for His people, how He established His covenant with Israel first and then with all of mankind and how the fullness of the revelation of God Himself is completed in Jesus Christ His Son. We saw why God became man and what was achieved by His perfect plan of salvation. We understood the meaning of the Cross and the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In this part we will look at understanding that, now that the plan of salvation is complete, how the finished work of Jesus on the Cross has brought new meaning to our life. By believing in Jesus we are born-again, not a physical birth, but a spiritual birth has taken place on the inside of us. As we are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, who now resides within us, we are no more mere human beings but have a divine nature in us. The more we rely on our divine nature, the more will be our supernatural experiences, manifestation of miracles, healings etc. God is no longer an external entity for us as he resides in our body which is the temple of God.
When I first learnt of what my true identity is, I began to be filled with joy and excitement. Something that’s uncontainable. A lot of things started to make sense now for me. I began to understand that there is more to life than just what meets the eye. Indeed the spiritual realm is where we can see the manifestation of God easily, although God does manifest Himself in the physical realm too. I myself received a physical healing a few years ago which was such an experience. However at that time things didn’t make sense to me. Now I can say I understand a few of these things, maybe not all, but that’s what makes it so exciting. God reveals Himself to us more and more, day by day. As I began treasuring this new meaning to life, I was moved by God’s Holy Spirit to write down my understanding of this journey. So here I am writing to you. I hope you are equally as excited to find out what’s in store.
Let us first start by gaining insight of a few terms that are important to the understanding of our true identity in Christ. You may have come across these terms very often, however they are used so often today that there is a lot of misunderstanding about them. So let’s have a clear understanding of them.
Through His Son Jesus, God granted us grace [John 1:16-17]. Jesus was filled with grace and truth [John 1:14]. Understanding God’s grace is very important, it is not just limited to (as some people define) unmerited favor, but in fact God’s grace is His supernatural ability & power that he has made available to us. While we were still sinners Christ died for us [Romans 5:8] and gave us liberty. Thus grace is the medium through which we receive this new life, and when we accept this truth and receive from this grace the new life that has been given to us, we invoke our faith in Jesus as a response to this grace. Understanding who we are and what we have in Christ tells us what it really means to be a Christian.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen [Hebrews 11:1]. When you are persuaded by the Word of God, though the Truth cannot be perceived by our natural senses, yet when we choose to believe what is true rather than depend on our human senses, this is true Faith. Another way of putting this (into much simpler terms) is that faith is simply our response to God’s grace. Basically Faith is nothing but believing in what God has already done for us and believing His provision for us and as a result we partake of this provision.
‘For by grace you have been saved through faith [Ephesians 2:8-9]‘.
As you can see the bible clearly says that we are all saved “By Grace through Faith”. If we were only saved by Grace, it would mean that everyone is saved whether they choose to believe in Jesus or not. So Grace alone isn’t sufficient as God always allows us to use our freewill to choose. Similarly Faith alone is insufficient otherwise it would mean that anyone can obtain anything by faith even if it is not made available to us by God. This is dangerous as it will bring chaos in the orderly world that God created. Imagine a woman believing only in Faith and then expecting in faith that her neighbors husband would somehow become her life partner, causing either a divorce or a death in her neighbors house. Therefore what God hasn’t provided for, cannot be availed even by Faith. Therefore we have to make a choice, whether we accept (and believe) in God’s saving grace or not. Then, our acceptance which is a response to God’s grace is what completes our salvation. It should be understood that Faith does not make God do something, i.e. Faith is never a trigger and grace a resulting action. Instead grace is the trigger and faith can be a resulting action for us.