Who Are You… Really?

I’ve began teaching a series at my local church entitled, “Revelations of God’s Love and Grace.” However, I’m taking some 3 to 4 weeks of this eight-week class to teach about “who” and “what” we are first.

You see, I have come to believe that much of the trouble, stress, and confusion that Christians experience is because they have little to no understanding of what happened to them when they “got saved”.

This is in large part due to the fact that “what” they are, that is, what comprises a human being and how receiving Christ (and his finished, redemptive work) affects that make up, was never effectively explained to them.

As a result, they found themselves set up for a life of confusion, guilt, condemnation, and generally speaking, less than what the “advertising” had promised.

Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us that anyone who is “in Christ” is a “new creature”. The old has gone and the new has come. Woohoo!!!

But wait, I still look the same, and… I’m still having a lot of the same OLD thoughts and feelings. What up?

Here’s the rub (and what isn’t well explained much of the time). You are a three-part entity; spirit, soul, and body (see II Thess. 5:23). When you received Christ as your savior, your spirit became reborn or “born again” [it was formerly dead in trespasses and sins; Ephesians 2:1]. But guess what, your soul and body DID NOT.

I know this sounds sacreligious, given the way many of us were brought along in church environments, but it is the truth.

So, on Monday, after you “got saved”, you ran headlong into the conflicting experiences with which your soul and body began to deal.

At that point you basically had two choices, (1) blow the whole “saved” thing off as bogus; (2) start playing a religious role and hoping everything promised “caught up” with you before you GOT CAUGHT faking your way through it.

Whoa! Talk about a set up for guilt, condemnation, and failure; that is a sure recipe.

All the while, you did not understand that, first of all, the REAL YOU WAS ACTUALLY BROUGHT TO LIFE (your spirit). Secondly, the “you” that you commonly understood to be you (your soul and body) began a journey on the path of supernatural transformation that is now possible by the “renewing of your mind.” (see Romans 12:1-2)

Once we understand who we really are, we can begin to yield to God’s process and open our souls to the flow of transformation coming out of our new living spirit.

We can skip the whole guilt and condemnation thing (see Romans 8:1) and begin experiencing the marvelous wonders of our new adventure as one joined together with the Spirit of Christ. We can revel in the “free gift of righteousness” and “the abundance of grace” lavished upon us by God in this new birth. (see Romans 5:17)

For some of you this may come across as a bit heretical or just plain not how you’re used to thinking about your life as a Christian/believer. But I challenge you to give it some meditative consideration and study it out like the Bereans in Acts 17, to “see if it’s true.”

If you have received Christ as your savior and His finished work (birth, life, death on the cross, resurrection from the dead, and ascension to the right hand of God, the Father) as valid for you, the the REAL YOU IS ALIVE AND WELL right now! As for the rest, the good news is you are now perfectly set to become all that God purposed in eternity that you be! How cool is that!?!

Sure, it will involve change, mental transformation, and perhaps a good bit of healing for past experiences, but it is now all possible for you.

Grab hold of these truths and be freed today into the life that God desires for you to have and that Christ died (and was raised again from the dead) for you to experience… a life of fullness and blessing in every area.

Until next time, think on these things and may God give you revelation for mastery and manifestation in your life.

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2 Comments on “Who Are You… Really?”

  1. praxisnation Says:

    Good post Teaching Priest.

    What follows is the essence of what I shared with a friend who was having frustation with her faith. What do you think?

    The apostle Paul, teaching on grace asked whether we should sin so grace should abound. He answered a resounding no.

    He struggled… doing what he shouldn’t and not doing what he should. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

    Either we’re saved or we’re not. It really is that simple.

    The writer of Hebrews tells us to labor, strive work hard to enter into His rest. In other words, our work is to reach a place of rest in God where He governs.

    I was reading in Romans yesterday and realized an important key is to renew our minds. Of course, Scripture is important as is fasting and prayer, but these actions are to open the valve between our spirit (which is in fellowship with the Spirit) and our soul where we find our will, emotions, personality ect.

    By the way, God’s not waiting around with a club hoping to catch you when you blow it. Don’t walk in condemnation!

    • teachingpriest Says:

      Hi praxisnation,

      First of all, thanks for your comments. They are valued and appreciated.

      As for what I think, I believe you shared some very good and insightful truths with your friend.

      The spiritual realities of our salvific experience are sometimes both clouded and shrouded in the
      religious influences in which it takes place. This often results in a crisis or crises of faith later.

      I pray that your friend will make a new commitment to a renewing of the mind, while basking in the
      abundance of God’s lavish grace and the free gift of righteousness. Ultimately, my hope is that she
      will enter the Rest of God and enjoy a contiuous flow from her regenerate spirit into her soul and body,
      and from there into a world in dire need a a demonstrable Kingdom.


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