October 19

Romans 5:18-19

Therefore, as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s obedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.(KJV)

The whole creation was subject to sin because of our being in the first Adam. This is a hard nut to crack for some because there is a struggle to understand how a baby is born a sinner (Psalm 51:5). Please realize being a sinner is not a measure of wrong doing but rather of nature. As long as we are in the old man, the sin nature abides even if we do good deeds. We were born into a spiritual location of sin in the first Adam and that’s the reason we must be reborn for the old nature to be done away with. Being born again entails changing our spiritual location from the first Adam into Christ.

Man is tripartite being: he is a spirit, with a soul: living in a body. When we were born, we were spiritually dead to God but alive to sin. Being born again, however, means our spirit becoming regenerated and alive to God while we become dead to sin. Halleluyah! You who were once dead are now alive. You have been changed and now brand new with the gift of righteousness impacted into you. Many believers feel unworthy accepting they are now righteous because they consider their lifestyle and deeds. It is not your works that makes you righteous; it is rather because of what He (Christ) has done for you. So, as a born again Christian, you have become righteous because you are in Christ. Everything Christ is, you are.

We need to understand that the enemy will try to confuse us about our identity in Christ. The devil tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness by trying to question His identity by asking, ‘If you are the Son of God’. Jesus, however, knew who He was so He didn’t fall prey to temptation. You are the righteousness of God in Christ, not a liar or cheat, so when the enemy comes to harass you into behaving contrary to your identity, let the nature of God in you come alive to reveal the real you.

When you know who you are, you will know who you are not.


For further study:
Romans 4: 25- 5:1.

Personal declaration for the day:
I know who I am and I know what I have in Christ.

Questions for you to reflect on:
Who do you think you are ?
Who has God made you?