Sunday, November 29, 2020

Our Spiritual Identity

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1 Corinthians 10:1 (KJV) Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea

Have you ever wondered why in writing to Gentile (non-Jewish) believers, Apostle Paul referred to the Jewish ancestors who left Egypt as 'our fathers’? Why is Paul sounding as if all the Corinthian Christians were Jews whose fathers were in the wilderness?

This is because Paul understood that everyone in Christ now has the same ancestry as Christ. You see, when Christ came, he came as a Jewish man with Jewish ancestors. Because Jesus could have referred to the prophets of old as 'our fathers', the saints who are now members of Christ can also refer to them as 'our fathers’.

It is worthy of note that in just a few paragraphs before today’s verse, Paul said these words:

To the Jews, I became as a Jew… (1Cor 9:20). This means Paul no longer primarily saw himself as a Jew in the earthly sense. This is the Christian mindset: we are no longer defined according to our earthly identity, but our spiritual identity means we are descendants of Abraham because of our union with Christ who is the true seed of Abraham (see Gal 3:16). Because of this, we are inheritors of the blessing of Abraham (see Gal 3:13-14).

Romans 2:28-29 (NET) For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.

Go into today thanking Jesus (The king of the Jews) for making you His family.
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

Yearly Bible: Nahum
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