As my readers know. I am always in search of the truth as it references who we are and why we are. It is imperative that we do not aspire to be like someone in society we admire. Although a noble gesture, it robs us of the uniqueness of who we genuinely are. We need to know who we are, not by societal standards, but by the standards of our Creator so that we may operate at full capacity as it pertains to not just material success, but also spiritual success for the kingdom of God and our eternal salvation. With those intentions in mind, I recently found a book entitled, Discovering Your Identity. After reading, gave me some very definitive answers as to who we are, why we are, and why many of us can never find out the who or why.
Bingham writes, “Man’s identity consists of those things in which he is identified by his own will. In Biblical terms, his identity is given him by God who creates every man as a unique person. Man can go against this identity and suffer the consequence, or he can accept it and develop richly. To do this he must keep his integrity against the adverse tides which flow about him…”
Bingham believed that when we asked the question “Who am I?” the answer could be found from an anthropological point of view. Because starting from man to know who man is could be a jumping point, but the problem with that is man has been created with an affinity for God, creation, and his fellow man. In this is his true identity. Bingham writes, “The Biblical scheme, however, is somewhat different. It starts from God .” It follows this order:– First understand Who God is. Then, because man is made in His image, you will discover who man is. In other words, theology precedes anthropology. Put simply it is this :– ‘Know God and you will know man.
Man’s identity is in his relationship to all of creation
He writes, “The impediment to knowing God comes when man seeks to be other than what he essentially is. That is, he wishes to become as God. He refuses his innate created state of dependency relationship. This state (or states) is son–Father, creature–Creator, and subject–King (servant–Master). Man must refuse to know the offices of God as Father, as Creator, as King, as also his own offices as son, creature and subject. In his sinfulness he imagines these are states of constriction and confinement, when in fact they are the very antitheses of such.” And then further writes, “Man’s identity is in his relationship to all of creation. To reject the Creator, must be to change the nature and order (and functions) of creation. Hence man in his sinfulness constantly presses back the means of his own identity. In the same manner he cannot fully relate to another human creature, whether male or female. Hence his identity cannot be full, and must always remain threatened. Finally he cannot relate to himself. Hence there are formidable barriers against ever knowing his true identity.” (pg. 10)
In Chapters 4-8 Bingham discusses Man and the Two Aeons, The Basis for Identity Recovery, The Spirit & the Recovery of Reality & Identity, and The Fruits of Christ & The Spirit in the New Identity. These chapters will give you the cause and effect of each as it relates to man’s reconstruction of himself when he begins to identify and accept the spiritual system from which he originated and adapt these spiritual genetics to recovery and discover himself.
And from this point he builds his argument in the preceding twelve chapters based on man’s identity as it relates to…
- Man in His Personal Indentification
- Man and His Personal Identity Man as Created: Man the Son
- The Outworking of Sonship In Identity
- Our Identity as Servants
- His Servants the Prophets Our Identity as Prophets
- Our Identity as Creatures
- Our Identity as Priests
- Our Identity Within and From Kingship
- Identity–Being Fulfilled in Love
- The Special Identity in Eschaton
- Identity in Integrity in Integrity in Identity
- The Way of Continuing Integrity
In each of these chapters he gives you an element of man’s true identity, and what he needs to discover it.
Bingham then concludes that man knows his true identity in salvation and sanctification by faith. Otherwise he will misread his identity. inferior, wrong, and misplaced. Yet this is not really how he is. There is no condemnation if he is in Christ. He is a new creature, and he had better believe it.’ And further emphasizes, “When God takes the initiative and identifies us with Himself, His creation, His works and His actions, then that constitutes our true identity. The strength, depth, and quality of our identity depends upon our response, our willingness to take up the identification, be identified in spirit and obedience. We cannot have identity in depth unless God initiates it, but when He does then we must respond and act consonant with that calling.” ‘
In order to grasp the fundamentals of this book, one must throw out ego and everything one thinks they know. Then be willing to accept the discoveries, however one may find themselves. This is a definite read for all believers who are seeking and trying to stay on the right path with God. An easy read for 106 pages. And a relished addition to your Christian library.
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