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  • Rick LoPresti

Identity crisis

We are living in a day of profound confusion. People do not know who they are. People cannot even tell what gender they are. This is because they are disconnected from the Creator who is the source of our real identity. In Exodus 3:13, Moses asked God for His name. A name is a fundamental identifier. Sometimes in the Bible names have special meaning (Adam, Noah, Isaac, Moses, Samuel). Sometimes names were changed to signify a major spiritual change (Abraham, Sarah, Israel, Joshua, Peter, Paul). When it comes to God, who He is has been revealed to us through His name. When God answered the question of Moses in Exodus 3:14, He said, " I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew. The word translated I AM is transliterated Jehovah or Yahweh. It means "to be". As it relates to God, it has been defined to mean "the self-existent One who inhabits eternity". This means God did not come into being. He always was. It also means God does not depend on anyone or anything to exist. He created everything else. It all depends on Him to exist (Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:3). The visible world came from the invisible, not the other way around (Romans 1:20, 2Corinthians 4:18, Hebrews 11:1-3). Exodus 3:14 also shows us that God is the original identity. All other identities are His creation. When we try to disconnect ourselves from Him, we are disconnecting ourselves also from our own true identity. The only way for us to understand who we really are to be is to know God as He truly is. "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 10:39)." The word "findeth" here means to get knowledge of, come to know, or find out for one's self. As long as we are trying to define ourselves by ourselves without God, we will never arrive at the truth. Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). He not only reveals the truth of who God is. He also reveals the truth of who we are created to be. Our real identity can only be found in a Biblical relationship with Jesus Christ. His name is the greatest revelation of God to us yet. It means "Jehovah has become our Savior". It is more than just a name. It identifies who He is. When we are born again, and particularly when we are baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38, Act 8:16, Acts 10:48, Acts 19:5, Acts 22:16), His name is applied to us and we get a new spiritual identity in Him as His people. Then we can find who we really are supposed to be.

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