We all may have some sort of identity crisis at some points in our life – we may either have a poor, beaten down image of ourselves, or an elevated view of ourselves. We would ponder over questions like “where do we come from?”, and “what is our purpose in life?” But once we realise who Jesus Christ is, we will actually discover our true identity – that we are made in His image. Jesus has come to be our perfect representative, and all His divine attributes of power, love and sound mind become ours.
The only accurate picture of ourselves we can have is to see ourselves in Jesus’ image. The following is an awesome revelation shared by Francois du Toit.
“In Matthew 16 Jesus asks the most important question in the Bible, “Who do men say that I the son of man am?” By revelation, Simon asserts in response that Jesus is not the son of Joseph, but the Messiah. He is the promise of man’s redemption, the image and likeness of God fully displayed in human form; the son of the living God.
Notice how Jesus responds to him: “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood have not revealed this to you but my Father. If I am the son of God, then so are you. I have come to reveal that man began in God, and not in father’s seed or in his mother’s womb! Jer.1:5. Your surname is no longer derived from your father in the flesh but from the Rock that begot you. (“You have forgotten the rock that begot you and the God who gave birth to you…” Deuteronomy 32:18. “Look to the Rock from which you were hewn…” Isaiah 51:1) Upon this Rock, I will build My church (Greek, ekklésia).”
– Francois du Toit
“Hades is a compound word like most Greek words, ha, negative, or not + ideis, to see. Thus the blindfold that traps mankind in ignorance about their true identity will not prevail”
– Francois du Toit
Hades is a place of ignorance, where there is an absence of knowledge of God nor the true identity of humankind. Praise the Lord for the revelation, for when people’s eyes are opened to see who Jesus is, and realise He is their true identity, the gates of ignorance shall not prevail against the church. Instead, the knowledge of the Lord shall fill the whole earth, as more and more people shall see their true identity in Christ, through the preaching of the gospel. 🙂 And they and we all shall continue to be transformed from glory to glory into His same image, as we behold His glory and see ourselves in Him as in a mirror reflection: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” and “as He is, so are we in this world”.
It’s all about relationship. God created us to have fellowship with Him. Because of Adam’s disobedience, man lost his original identity. But by Jesus’ obedience at the cross, man was restored to fellowship with God.
We now realise the significance of Jesus giving Simon bar Jonah (son of Jonah) a new name Peter, which means “rock”. It’s wonderful how Francois drew out the revelation from the old testament to explain the new testament concerning Jesus as our new identity 🙂 Jesus is the Rock of Ages, and He has hidden us in that Rock 🙂 “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (who is our Rock)” (Colossians 3:3)