I went to the class again at my church last night on "Resurrected Life". It is a video series by Alan Platt, a pastor in South Africa. If I can just get this wrapped around my head-and my heart-it will make such a big difference in my life. Help me, Jesus.
Platt said that through Jesus' obedience, when He died on the cross, humanity was legally forgiven, set free, and declared innocent. Declared innocent!!! I haven't felt innocent since before the boys sexually abused me at the age of six. I've known I was forgiven, but innocent? I can't tell you how good it feels to think about that.
Platt also said that my identity defines my whole life and thinking. I grew up thinking the abuse was my fault, that I was a bad person. That identity, that I was a bad person, is what has defined my whole life and thinking.
But the Bible tells me that my true identity is in Jesus. I died with Him, was buried with Him, and now I am seated with Him in abundant places, not places of lack. Platt said because of God's mercy (not getting what you deserve) and grace (getting what you do not deserve), I can live in a whole other dimension, much more than what I have been living.
"For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ", Romans 5:17. NASB
"For God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus", Ephesians 2:4-6. NASB