Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, yet before our relationships and lives can truly be filled and fulfilled by Jesus Christ, our identity must be found in and through His own Identity. Both an improper view of self and an improperview of God will result in a distorted understanding of our unique roles within the Body of Christ; however, such distortions are vanquished when “we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 5:20).
Since the beginning of His public ministry nearly two thousand years ago, the Carpenter from Nazareth has prompted countless souls to ask, “Who is this Jesus?” The answer, of course, will always lead to another profound and personal question:
Who am I?
Consider your answer before you read on.
Though formidable, this necessarily reflective inquiry is best satisfied by the response to an additional three:
Where did I come from?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…” (Genesis 1:1, 26-28)
Why am I here?
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick… So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Luke 9:1-2; Mark 6:12-13)
Jesus came and spoke to them [the disciples], saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19-20)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
Where am I going?
“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God… And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away… And He said to me, “…I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Rev. 21:1-7; 22:4-5)
Article by Jon Birch
Excerpt from Signet Ring Magazine Discipleship Issue