MY NAME IS CHRIST

09
Jun

MY NAME IS CHRIST

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people”

2 Cor. 6:14-16.

 

A believer in Christ An unbeliever
Righteousness

1 Cor 1:30; 2Cor. 5:21

Unrighteousness
Light

Eph. 5:8

Darkness
Christ

1 Cor. 6:15-17; Eph. 5:30

Belial
He that believeth

Rom. 1:17; Rom 10:10

An infidel
Temple of God

1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19

Idols

 

Paul the Apostle employed the principle of identification in all his epistles whenever he spoke about the believer in the light of Christ’s work of redemption. In fact, you will find prepositions like “in” “with” “together” “through” “of”. There are over 130 of such expressions in the epistles of which Paul was a prolific writer. These prepositions depict our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and ultimately His ascension into the Heaven. For instance, Paul said in Gal 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and 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” A clearer translation says “I have been crucified with Christ”. Did you notice that preposition “with”? We were not there when Christ was crucified, were we?  Definitely not. But God saw us in/with Christ. Whatever Christ did, it was all for us. Rom 6 also talks about being buried with him.

But look at Eph 2:6, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” When Jesus was raised from the dead, we were raised together with him, and not just that, we are made to sit together with Him. Where He is, we are!  The name He bears, we also bear! Paul emphasised the fact that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ! (Rom 8:17). We are joint heirs, we have all things in common with Christ. No distinction, no difference! There is nothing He has that we don’t have access to by virtue of identification.

 

To explain this further, Paul had a vision on the road to Damascus when he was still persecuting the church. Do you remember the question Jesus asked him in that vision? “Saul, Saul why do you persecuted Me?” (Acts.9:4-5). When He asked who it was. Jesus said to him “I am Jesus whom you persecute…”

 

Wow…was He the One Saul was persecuting?

 

It was the church…the believers, yet Jesus took it personally. Of course, He had to. Saul was Persecuting His Body…the believers.  Your body does not bear a different name from the one your head bears. Does it? Likewise, the body of Christ goes by the name “Christ” “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor.6:17) We are Christ.  We are His Body. We are one with Him. This the reality of Christianity.

 

So in the light of this same principle of identification, Paul drew a sharp contrast between a believer in Christ and an unbeliever. He tells us that  believers and unbelievers are not in the same class. They cannot be yoked together. It is an unequal yoke! He went further to say that righteousness and unrighteousness cannot fellowship together. The believer is called righteousness and the unbeliever is referred to as unrighteousness. The believer is called light while the unbeliever is darkness. He said the believer is Christ.(…understand this please, it is by means of identification through the work of redemption) and then the unbeliever Belial.  What part is he that believeth with an infidel, this is to show us that the same person he called Christ is “he that believeth” and then he said the believer is a temple of God and he has nothing to do with idols. This is Apostle Paul’s revelation of a believer in Christ. We all ought to see ourselves this way. We are in union with Christ. God has done this marriage in Christ. And what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder! Apostle John also said ….as He is so are we in this world. 1Jn 4:17.

Say these words out boldly “I’m in union with Christ, my name is Christ, one with Him. I’m where He is! What He has is what have! Nothing can separate me from Him”