“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.” (Colossians 1:21-22 NKJV).
Your perception is your reality in life. How you see yourself will ultimately affect your relationship with others. More importantly, how you perceive God sees you will definitely affect how you relate with God and how you receive from God.
Your perception influences your prayer. How you see yourself, or how you think God sees you go a long way to affect how you approach God and the confidence you have towards God. It is therefore very necessary for you to see yourself as God sees you in Christ Jesus.
By offering Himself as an atoning sacrifice for our sins on the cross the Lord Jesus has sanctified, made holy, or set apart from sin unto God all those who put their faith in His person and His finished work on the cross.
The Scripture testifies:
“By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:10 NKJV).
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:11 NKJV).
Many believers today are striving and struggling in vain to live a holy life because they are completely ignorant of the truth that they have been sanctified or made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all on the cross.
Without you knowing, believing and accepting the truth of God’s Word that you have been washed, justified, sanctified, or made holy by the finished work of Jesus, you will continue to struggle in vain to attain holiness, for no man can attain holiness in God’s sight by his works or performance (Gal. 2:16).
No one can attain holiness or righteousness by his efforts or the works of the law!
Apostle Paul testifies to this truth in Romans 9:
30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;
31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. (NKJV).
As a born-again believer in Christ, though you are not yet perfect or fully conformed to Christ in your body, will, mind, thoughts, emotions, actions or character, yet you are presently perfect or fully conformed to Christ in your born-again spirit, for “he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Cor. 6:17 NKJV).
While your body and soul are still awaiting perfection or full redemption at the second coming of Christ, your spirit has been perfected – fully redeemed and transformed into the image of Christ (Rom. 8:23, Phil. 3:20-21, 1 Pet. 1:9, 1 John 3:2).
Your vile or lowly body will be transformed so that it may be conformed to the glorious and resurrected body of Jesus Christ and your soul will be perfected at the second return of Christ, however, you will not receive a new spirit. Why?
Because your born-again spirit is already in a state of perfection!
You are already one spirit with Christ!
You are presently having the spirit you will have throughout eternity. Your born-again spirit is identical to the Spirit of Christ.
The Scripture testifies:
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Gal. 4:6 NKJV).
“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” (Rom. 8:9 NKJV).
“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Cor. 6:17 NKJV).
Your born-again spirit is presently pure, perfect, blameless, and above reproach in God’s sight. Your recreated spirit is without sin and can never sin or be defiled by sin, for it has been sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14).
This is why the Scripture states: “No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9 RSV).
It is your born-again spirit that has God’s nature!
While people only see you for who you are in the flesh and therefore only judge, treat, or deal with you based on the person you are in the flesh, God does not. Why?
Because God does not see as men see!
The Scripture states: “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7 NKJV).
God is Spirit. God sees and focuses primarily on who you are in the spirit – holy, righteous, perfect, blameless and above reproach as Jesus Christ, and God deals with you as such (John 4:24).
The Scripture states: “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.” (Col. 1:21-22 NKJV).
Understanding that God does not see you or seek to deal with you based on who you are in the flesh, but on who you are in the spirit (holy, righteous, perfect, blameless and above reproach in Jesus Christ) will radically change your disposition or attitude towards God. It will eliminate fear and condemnation as you approach the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).
The devil primarily applies, employs or uses fear, guilt or condemnation to hold you back from coming boldly into God’s presence and from receiving and appropriating the benefits or blessings of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
When you choose to focus on who you are in the flesh, you are simply walking in the flesh and the devil will find many things he can use to condemn you because you are not without sin in your flesh.
But, when you choose to focus on who you are in the spirit (-holy, righteous, perfect, blameless and above reproach in Jesus Christ), you are walking according to the Spirit and the devil cannot find anything he can accuse you of because you are without sin in your spirit.
The Scripture states: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1 NKJV).
Beloved, you will not enjoy God’s best for your life if you choose to be preoccupied with who you are in the flesh and not who you are in the spirit – in Christ Jesus.
When you are preoccupied or obsessed with your sins, shortcomings, failures, imperfections, or weaknesses in the flesh, you are simply self-conscious and –centered, and not Christ-conscious and -centered.
When you are preoccupied with who you are in the flesh, you will only regard prayer as time of wrestling with an unwilling God for blessing, or as time of petitioning a callous Judge for a divine intervention.
But, when you are preoccupied with who you are in the spirit (your identity in Christ), you will look forward to a time of prayer as a time of enjoying a loving and intimate fellowship or communion with your loving Heavenly Father.
Friend, God would have you to begin to see yourself as He sees you in Christ Jesus – holy, righteous, perfect, blameless and above reproach in His sight. God loves and accepts you completely in Christ in spite of your sins, shortcomings, failures, imperfections or weaknesses in the flesh.
While you are being progressively transformed into the image of Christ in your will, mind, emotions and actions and waiting for the transformation of your body at the second return of Christ, don’t neglect or despise the truth that you are now fully conformed to Christ in your spirit and so you are holy, righteous, perfect, blameless and above reproach in God’s sight.
God is certainly not ignorant of your sins, struggles, shortcomings, failures, imperfections or weaknesses in the flesh; however, He has chosen not to deal with you based on who you are in the flesh, but based on who you are in the spirit – in Christ.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Heb. 8:12 NKJV).
Therefore, embrace today your true identity in Christ and begin to see yourself as God sees you – holy, righteous, perfect, blameless, and above reproach.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing not to deal with me based on who I am in the flesh but based on who I am in the spirit, in Christ Jesus. Help me Holy Spirit to begin to think, speak and act in conformity with my identity in Christ Jesus, in Jesus’ name. Amen.