In this digital age keeping our identity safe is an ongoing struggle. My husband and I have each had our identity stolen. Friends of mine have also been victims of identity theft. Even the best safeguards cannot prevent it.
The book of Genesis gives an account of the first identity theft: in the Garden of Eden when Satan tricked Adam into disobeying God. Adam was created in the likeness of God. His character was holy, pure and noble. But Satan stole Adam’s identity when he enticed him to sin. The image of God that Adam bore was shattered, broken and ruined by sin. His perfection was destroyed, and the purity, holiness and nobility of man collapsed under the weight of wickedness, rebellion and sin.
Of course, God had designed a plan to restore human identity. He sent His Son, who “is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being” (Hebrews 1:3), into the world to bring a new identity to those who believe in His name. Those who believe in Jesus Christ’s work of salvation on the cross are given a new identity. When we receive redemption, righteousness and sanctification from Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit, our identity becomes one with Christ’s.
A new identity means our nature is made whole in Christ, and we are made fit to dwell in the presence of holy God. Through Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, our identity is protected and cannot be stolen. Jesus said, “[N]o one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29).
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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