I have been busy the last few weeks, but here’s the final part of A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering your God-Given Identity in His Son.
The book consists of 10 parts. So far, we’ve looked at “His Eternity,” “His Birth,” “His Circumcision,” “His Baptism,” “His Life,” “His Death,” “His Resurrection,” “His Ascension,” and “His Intercession.” The last part is “His Second Coming.” The main point is that you, as a Christian, have been united to Jesus in every aspect of His saving work, including His Second Coming.
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His Second Coming
Here’s the last part of this book—Jesus’ Second Coming. In theology there’s an “already and not yet.” Yes, we’ve already been forgiven and justified; we’ve been saved from the penalty and the power of sin. However, there’s still the daily presence of sin. We’re not yet perfect. Far from it!
Our perfection, though, is as definite as is our forgiveness and justification. Remember the golden chain? Paul wrote: “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Rom. 8:30). Our glorification is stated in the past tense as though it already has happened. Ultimately that’s true because we’re “in Christ”—united to Him and His saving work.
The last aspect of His work is His Second Coming. Then we’ll also experience the salvation from the presence of sin, not just temporarily but eternally. John wrote that as follows: “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
Paul wrote: “The whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom. 8:22-23). He referred to Christ’s Second Coming. When Jesus comes back, we’ll be instantly glorified with a glorified body.
The first verse we’ll look at conveys the essence of this book: “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:4). Jesus is our life! He’s our identity. From His birth till His Second Coming, we’ve been united to Him in every aspect of His saving work. When He comes back we’ll experience and enjoy that identity forevermore.
The Devotional Writer