Living By Faith

OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION

Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? (Acts 19:15 NKJV)

We carry the Word of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit
as official identification.
Mark Hankins

Have you ever checked in for a flight and been asked for proof of identification? You can say, “Here I am. Can’t you see — this is me; I can prove that I exist. Just look.” The authorities want to see a passport or driver’s license. You cannot prove who you are without official identification.

Acts 19:13-16 tells the story of the seven sons of Sceva who tried to cast out devils in the name of Jesus “whom Paul preaches.” The demons said, “Jesus we know and Paul we know, but who are you?” Jesus had official identification in heaven and hell, and so did Paul. You and I can also know who we are and the authority that is ours in Christ.

Spiritually speaking, all of us must carry some identification to do business in the realm of the Spirit. The Word of God must be engrafted into our inner man so we know who we are in Christ. We must also carry the anointing of the Holy Spirit as the guarantee that we are who God says we are and we have what God says we have.

Confession: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)

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FIRST ADAM, LAST ADAM

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

The mystery of how you got here as damaged goods is solved in the Bible.
Mark Hankins

Your identification with Christ is based on several spiritual laws. One of those laws is simply this: your first birth identified you with Adam. The whole Bible is really about two men – the first Adam and the last Adam. The old man is from Adam. The new man is Christ, who is called the last Adam.

The same law that allowed one man, Adam, to affect every man is also the same law that allowed Jesus Christ, the last Adam, to take the condition of sin, the curse, shame, and death. In His resurrection, God deposited everything in Christ that He wanted in man. God put in Christ what He wanted in you.

The power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ identifies you with a whole new humanity — a whole new creation. You are not the same person anymore! You can no longer identify only with your natural family. You are now identified with Christ!

Confession: I am a new creature in Christ! Old things are passed away. I am not the same person anymore! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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REVELATION KNOWLEDGE

Christ took me to the cross with Him, and I died there with Him.
(Galatians 2:20 Laubach)

Christianity does not begin with something you do; it begins with something
God has done for you in Christ.
Mark Hankins

Theologians ask, “How could Paul say he was crucified with Christ when Paul was not even in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified?” Some believe Paul is talking about a spiritual state he has somehow attained after thirty years of serving God. When you think this way, somehow you are trying to be identified with Christ. This way of thinking places you right back in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where there is neither life nor glory.

When Paul said, “I died there with Him,” he was saying “Through revelation knowledge I know when Jesus died, I died. When He was made alive, I was made alive. When He was raised, I was raised with Him. When He sat down, I sat down with Him. God saw me there. Everything Jesus did, He did it for me.”

When you get in the Spirit, instead of seeing your death, shame, guilt, sorrow, sickness, and poverty, you can see your condition in Christ and the fact that you were crucified with Him.

Confession: The mystery of the Gospel and the glory of the Gospel is Christ in me! (Colossians 1:26-27)

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CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST

I have been crucified with Christ. Now it is not my old self, but Christ Himself who lives in me. (Galatians 2:20 Noli)

Little “I” moved out and big Christ moved in.
T.L. Osborn

What does Paul mean, “I was crucified with Christ. It is no longer I that live but Christ lives in me”? You could say it this way: “Weak ‘I’ moved out, and strong Christ moved in. Defeated ‘I’ moved out, and victorious Christ moved in. Sick ‘I’ moved out, and healed Christ moved in. Poor ‘I’ moved out, and rich Christ moved in. Cursed ‘I’ moved out, and blessed Christ moved in.” That is our identification with Christ!

How could you ever identify with defeat again when you are identified with Christ? You cannot identify with defeat because of the triumph of Christ. You are a thoroughbred — it is born into you. You are a brand-new breed, a new creation in Christ. Victory is in your genes.

God did not do one thing in Christ and do something of a lower quality in you. He put the same righteousness, life, victory, blessing, and other qualities that are in Christ into your spirit. God “cloned” you with Christ and made you identical to Him.

Confession: I consider myself as having died and now enjoying a second existence, which is simply Jesus using my body. (Galatians 2:20 Distilled Bible)

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OUR IDENTIFICATION WITH CHRIST

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)

When Jesus was crucified, He took you with Him because He took
your identical condition.
Mark Hankins

I heard the story of a fireman in California whose hand was so severely burned that his doctors determined they would have to amputate. One of the doctors wanted to try experimental surgery; he knew that the body has certain regenerative powers. He cut the man’s side open and inserted the burned hand for a period of time. To the doctor’s amazement, when they removed the fireman’s hand from his side, it had begun to heal and grow new skin.

I believe God did a similar surgery with man. When Adam sinned, man’s condition was so bad it looked like God would have to amputate, but God had a plan of redemption. He cut open Jesus’ side and put us “in Christ.” In Him, the power and the grace of God went to work and reversed the condition that Satan had caused. A new man was created — a man in Christ — a righteous man, a victorious man, a redeemed man, a healed man!

Confession: The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

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