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Identification is a big issue in this fallen world. In the Middle East today, which religious or political party one identifies with is very often a matter of life and death. In the United States, being politically liberal or conservative will open certain doors of opportunity and close others. In religious circles across the globe, denominational preference determines whether one is openly accepted or shunned. Even from the biblical standpoint, rejection or acceptance of the salvation which is in Jesus Christ determines one’s eternal destiny.
In the early twentieth century, E. W. Kenyon published a mini-book on our identification with Christ. I learned my first lessons on that important subject through that little book. But, I soon realized that there was more Bible revelation on that issue than was covered in Kenyon’s mini-book. Thus, I began to study in earnest that biblical subject for myself.
In my ID book, I trace the identification problem all the way back to Adam and Eve. That is where we all got our start. In the beginning, Adam (who represented all mankind) was identified with God. He and Eve were made in God’s image and likeness. That is the very essence of identification. In this book, I point out many of the advantages Adam and Eve enjoyed while being identified with God. It was all good; no bad stuff at all!
Then man sinned. In that act, Adam (representing the entire human race) was separated from God. At the same time, he became identified with Satan: “You are of your father the devil (John 8:44).” Of course, in the process Adam got separated from the garden goodies as well: “Your sins have withheld good things from you (Jeremiah 5:25).” From that time, the human race went downhill fast. In my ID book, I go to great lengths to point out that people are born in this world identified with the devil. Adam made that choice for us. We do not have to do something bad to be lost. We start out lost! Thus, man needs a Savior.
Through Abraham’s Seed (Jesus Christ—Galatians 3:16), God provided redemption from sin, as well as the restoration of all the goodies man had lost. In ID, I point out how God Himself had to become a man in order to accomplish such a mission. It was not an easy task. The center piece of this book is in revealing both that Christ became identified with Adam in his separation from God, and in cataloging the details of that redemptive event. That biblical reality is most enlightening, even for people who are in Charismatic circles.
To complete the cycle of identification, I turn our attention to the biblical reality that we become unidentified with the devil and identified with Christ in the very same actions—repentance of sin, believing on Jesus and acknowledging His Lordship over our lives. We become new creatures with a new Lord. Much of what Adam lost becomes ours again in this life; the rest when we get to heaven. I catalog the good stuff that belongs to us now.
Finally, I go into the how-to’s of entering into and walking in our new life in Christ. This is just a brief survey of the ID book. There is much more enlightening material scattered throughout the volume. Although the book is not exhaustive in content, it contains more than eight hundred different Scripture passages that adequately get the message across. If you do not like where you are headed, this book will help you get properly redirected.