Last time we saw that Jesus Christ is how we understand God. Now we’re going to see how Jesus reveals who we truly are in Him. This is important because how we see ourselves affects everything we think about and do in this life. John tells us “as Jesus is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). But do we actually believe this about ourselves?
Perhaps the biggest lie believed in Western Christianity has to do with distance and separation. We readily identify with the ascended Christ but not so much ourselves ascended with Him. And this always leads to powerless Christianity.
6 He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! (Eph.2:6 TPT *)
To test this out, here’s a question for you. In the gospel stories where Jesus is ministering to sick people, who do you identify with…the sick person, the disciples…or Jesus?
If you answered, “Jesus,” you would be correct.
Before you think I’m being blasphemous for saying this, let me point out something very clear in Scripture. You died. Your life is in Christ. There is no separation. This fact should not even be debatable among people who believe the Bible (Rom.6:2-14; 2 Cor.5:14; Gal.2:20; Eph. 2:6; Col.3:3). But, sadly, it is.
You may rightly say, “But this has not been my experience.” Of course, that’s the whole point of growing in spiritual maturity. You are already complete in Him (Col.2:10), everything you need is is you. However, like with a newborn baby, you must grow up into Him.
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ (Eph.4:15 NKJV *)
Nevertheless, the fact remains…whether you know it or not…right now…you are Jesus on this earth because He placed you in Himself.
9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]. (Col.2:9-10 AMP *)
To be clear, you’re not God. But you’re IN Him. And God did this by reconciling you.
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation…. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor.5:19, 21 NIV *)
The word “reconcile” means to exchange. God exchanged us for Jesus on the cross. When Christ died, we died, and when He rose from dead, we rose with Him. Now our life is Christ’s life. Our relationship with God is Christ’s relationship with God.
We were placed in Christ so we can grow and become like Him, which means leaving behind our counterfeit selves—the lies we believe about ourselves—by continually seeing our true reflection in the image of Christ. We can see this in the following two passages:
First, Jesus Christ is God’s original blueprint to restore humankind back to our original design. Here’s how the Message Bible describes God’s intent for humankind in Christ as the prototype:
29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored.We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. (Rom.8:29 MSG *)
Second, our radical transformation begins when we begin seeing ourselves in Christ. Here’s how the Mirror Bible puts it:
3:18 The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is unveiled. In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form, we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored in us! This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led from an inferior mind-set to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity. You are his glory! (2 Cor.3:18 MIRROR *)
Jesus Christ is not only the truth about God, He’s the truth about us. And when we begin to see Him as He truly is, we will begin to see ourselves as we truly are, and that’s truly glorious!