John 13:10, 11 Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet, his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.”
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, you sins are forgiven.” Or Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.
Who we are in Christ shown in Ephesians 1-3, Colossian 1, 2, Galatians 2, 3, How we live that out is described in Romans 12, Ephesians 4-6, Colossians 3, 4.
Acts 20:26-31 Savage wolves will attack from within and without. Ephesians 6:10-20 Put on the whole armor of God to defend yourself and to take the offensive.
How do cults attack identity?
Several Statistics to Consider
Main Influences on Youth:
- In 1960: 1. Family 2. School 3. Peers and friends 4. Church
- 1980: 1. Peers and friends 2. Family 3. Media 4. School
- 2000: 1. Media 2. Peers and friends 3. Family 4. School
Statistics on what is going on that shows the importance of parents and grandparents at this time.
- 1 out of 4 girls in Minnesota will be victim of molestation or rape before they are 18, 1 out of 6 boys
- 41% of college students are hooking up with no commitment at all after the sexual encounter.
- 40 million Americans ages 12 and older—or more than 1 of 7 people have addictions involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.
- Almost half of the babies born in America are born out of wedlock. In the 1950’s they were only 5% of the babies born.
- Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old. 15-17 year-olds having multiple hard-core exposures: 80%. 8-16 year-olds having viewed pornography online 90% (most while doing their homework).
It is our identity in Christ which will be forgiven.
Paul sees Christians in different places for who they are in Christ as in I Cor. 1 or Philippians 1. He knows what makes for that identity as in Galatians 3.
Attacks will come: Ephesians 6:10-20, Acts 20:
Baptism Romans 6:1-14, 23, Colossians 2, I Peter 3.
Acts 16:33 Baptism of jailer’s family.
It is our identity in Christ which will be attacked as we see with the apostle Peter. Is he willing by God’s grace to stand in his identity in Christ. Peter came to see this clearly as in I Peter 1:3-5. Verses 18-21, also 22, 23 plus 2:4-10.
Who I am: Galatians 2:19-21, Ephesians 2 Who we are Philippians 1:21, Colossians 1;12-14, 2:6,7-15.
Attacks will come from many directions
We could also say Romans 3-8
Colossians 2:16-23, Ephesians 4:14-16, 17-23 rest of 4 and first part of 5 plus 6:10-20, I Peter 1, 2
Identity in Christ, Neil Anderson
Jesus tells us those who deny him, he will deny before the Father.
He also says that those who use his name in vain can be forgiven.
Cults seek to change identity.
Linda Kracht talks about Butinski’s. Those who would lead us away from Christ.
Look at what she is saying there. The many ways and people who find ways to get their misleading messages into our lives, steering us away from who we really are in Christ.
Ted Kennedy taking the mass every morning. Christ in me, in every cell of my body.
How does peer pressure attack identity?
How does media attack identity?
How do predators attack identity?
How do molesters, pimping-people attack identity?
How do Internet pornographers attack?
Much of this comes in the form of what we want to hear, what our itching ears are ready to respond to?
What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, gets all that but loses the one thing that is truly a treasure, his life before God? The gift of salvation.
When we watch media presentations, we almost always are getting the message that we don’t live out of who we are in Christ but rather out of our own smarts, our own will power, out of our own common sense and maybe some help from other people. We can be easily by those who operate out of themselves and succeed so who needs the person who said, “Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5c. Jesus is speaking of bearing fruit that comes out of being the branch grafted into him the vine.