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Identify with Christ


Identification with Christ

The story has been told of a girl who was the daughter of one of the royal families of Europe, but had a big, bulbous nose that in her eyes destroyed her beauty and resulted in her seeing herself as an ugly person. Finally her family hired a famous plastic surgeon to change the contour of the girl’s nose. He did his work, and there came the moment when they took the bandages off and the girl could see the results. The doctor saw that the operation had been a total success. All the ugly contours were gone. Her nose was different. When the incisions healed and the redness disappeared, she would be a beautiful girl. He held up a mirror for the girl to see, but so deeply embedded was the girl’s image of herself that when she saw herself in the mirror, she couldn’t see any change. She broke into tears and cried out, “Oh, I knew it wouldn’t work!”

        It took six months before the girl would accept the fact that she was indeed an attractive person, and it wasn’t until she had accepted this fact that herself-image and behavior began to change accordingly. So it is with those who are “in Christ.” We must accept our new identity before we will change. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


Identification with Christ

When the final second had ticked away, and the thrilling football game had ended, and exhausted fan in the bleachers turned to his friend and exclaimed, “Boy, we really played well today!” The fact was that he hadn’t played at all. He wasn’t wearing the pads. He wasn’t on the field. Yet he identified himself with the eleven men on the team.

        So should it be for believers. Christ was the One who died on the cross, Christ was buried, and Christ rose again. Yet we are identified with him. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


Identification with Christ

Do you remember Clark Kent, that mild-mannered newspaper reporter, of whom no one ever expected anything out of the ordinary? But whenever there was a sudden demand for action far beyond the ability of mortal men, Clark stepped into a closet, stripped off his conservative business suit, and emerged complete with bulging muscles and spectacular costume as-Superman! Superman, the one who could do what otherwise could not be done.

        That is exactly what the Word of God is teaching us, although perhaps you have not seen it in those terms before. As we who are believers step into our identity in Christ-who we are, to whom we belong, and who is within us-we will find love, motivation, and power available so that we are able to do what otherwise we could not do. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching




We will take, as illustrating the believer’s union with Christ, the cherubim on the veil, the covering, in the mercy-seat, and in the throne.

. On the veil (Ex.36:35). “ The veil of the temple was rent in the midst” (Luke 23:45); and in this we see that, in the person of our Representative, we have borne the punishment due to sin, satisfied Divine justice, and hence we are said to be baptized into His death (Rom.6:3).

. On the covering of twined linen, c. (Ex.36:8). This covering was the ceiling of the tabernacle, and when the priest went in ,he would see the cherubim inwrought on the beautiful covering as it was above, so, in a spiritual sense, we are risen in and made to sit with Christ in heavenly places; or, as we are told in another place, “Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him, through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead” (Col.2:12).

. In the mercy-seat. The cherubim were made out of the same piece of gold as the mercy-seat, as we read in Ex.25:19: “ And make one cherub on the one end , and the other cherub on the other end; even of the matter of the mercy-seat ( margin) shall ye make the cherubim on the two ends thereof.” This reminds us that “both He that sanctifieth and they which are sanctified are one;” that we are made partakers of the Divine nature; that we are accepted, blest, risen, and seated in the heavenlies in the person of our Lord.

. In the throne ( Rev.4:6, and 5:6, R.V.). We cannot do batter than quote the words of another on this point: “ These living ones not only stand before the throne and serve, as redeemed unto God by the blood of the Lamb; they are one with the Lamb in the midst of the throne, ‘ members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones,’ raised up together and made to sit together in Him and with Him in the heavens. For when God ‘raised Him up from the dead, and set Him on His own right hand in the heavenlies,’ He ‘gave Him to be Head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.’”

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings