For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Our union with Christ, if categorized in a generic form has two sides – the legal side and the vital side. The legal side is the side of our salvation which shows us what God did in Christ FOR US. The only way to get into the privileges of what He’s done for us is by identifying with Him regarding what He’s done for us and that is done by faith. Simply put, identification is about our legal association with Christ by faith in His substitutionary work for us. Identifying with Christ is done by faith, which means that you believe that He was your substitute; therefore, you have the legal right to receive the benefits and blessings of His substitution for you. You can claim legally the blessings of His substitution for you! Hallelujah! Faith is the principle of union or oneness. When you reposed faith in Christ, you identified with Him and united with Him as far as God is concerned. You reposed faith in Christ and you became one with Him; His victory became your victory, His success became your success, His power over sin and death and the grave became all yours. Identification is a legal term; it is imputing of what one did for another vicariously. The Bible is a legal document. It has two testaments. Testament is not a religious term but a legal term.
To identify with Christ, you need to first and foremost know what He has done for you. Identification is based on His substitutionary work for you. If you don’t know that He has taken your place as your substitute regarding certain things, then you cannot identify with Him in that regard. Concerning healing, Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded FOR our transgressions, he was bruised FOR our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed.” So, you can claim healing right now by faith! For justification, Romans 4:25 tells us, “Who was delivered FOR our offences, and was raised again FOR our justification.” Now we are righteous and free from guilt and condemnation. Again, 2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet FOR your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” Did you notice the preposition “for” in the scriptures above? That’s the substitution of Christ for you on which your identification with Him is premised.
SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I am one with Christ in every regard by faith in Him. I claim the blessings of Christ’s substitution for me and walk in the fullness of them in Jesus’ Name!
1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 8:9.