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How Important is Identification?
If you were identified as Mr. or Mrs. Bill Gates when you walked into their bank in Seattle how would your financial prospects improve? If, when entering the airport, you were identified as a known terrorist do you think you would be allowed to board your flight?

Although our identification can sometimes be frivolous, calling me an Irish American when I have never been to the Emerald Isle nor ever even met someone who is from there, it is however, very important when it comes to our spiritual lives.

Spiritually all of mankind was identified in Adam.

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God designed man as a three part being of body, soul, and spirit. When Adam broke with God to do his own thing holy spirit was lost and that was the part that connected man to God. This identification by association can be understood in light of history.

Col. George Armstrong Custer was the leader of the military in the territory of the Dakotas. He was ordered by the U.S. Government not to attack the American Indians but rather to observe and wait for reinforcements. Custer, for whatever reasons, broke with the government to do his own thing and in so doing broke the connection between the government and the framers, settlers, and towns people that lived under his protection.  

Col. Custer was defeated by the tribes he attacked and by doing this he left the settlers and others on their own. The same principle can be seen throughout history as a leader makes a foolish or stupid mistake and the entire country has to pay for their leaders actions.

Everyone who is born of Adam's line, which is all of humanity, has come under the results of Adam's decision. All of humanity became identified in Adam. therefore by one man's sin death entered and death was passed to every person born of Adam's line.

Ephesians 2:1-3
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Adam's actions sold all of mankind into slavery because of the principle you are a slave to whom you obey.

Rom. 6:16
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

In Adam we have all received his rebellious attitude toward God. Obeying those things that are contrary to God and what God has said is the right way of living.

The Greek word used for servants is from the root word doulos. A doulos was a bondslave, committed to his master for life. The only way to break a doulos relationship was to die.

In order to break this doulos relationship to sin and end man's identification by association to Adam a savior was required. But this savior needed to be of a bloodline other than Adam's. Thus Jesus was born of a virgin, meaning no man of Adam's line had anything to do with fertilizing the egg within her.

God created within a woman seed, this seed fertilized her egg and brought about an entirely new bloodline, a bloodline which had no association with Adam or his line.

Matt. 27:3-4
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

Jesus was the innocent blood for two reasons. First, he was not of the line of Adam and second, he always obeyed God while he was alive.

Rom. 5:18-19
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

With the coming of Jesus the Christ, or the Anointed One, God presented to mankind an opportunity to be identified with someone other than Adam.

In the Greek language there is a preposition that means "in conjunction with", the preposition is "sun".

Matt. 27:38
Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

"Crucified with him" uses the preposition sun for the word with. Two thieves were crucified at the same time and the same place as Jesus. they were crucified in conjunction with him.

Mark 2:26
How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

This is speaking about David who ate of the shewbread which was set aside for the priests of Israel. David and those who were with (preposition sun) him ate this bread. 

Luke 8:1
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

As Jesus travelled and preached his twelve apostles were with (preposition sun) him, in conjunction with him.

Acts 4:13
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

The religious leaders of Israel perceived that Peter and John had been with (preposition sun) Jesus during his lifetime and ministry.

Acts 8:31
And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

The Ethiopian eunuch came to Jerusalem to worship and as he returned home he sat in his chariot and was reading from the scroll of Isaiah. But when Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading he responded, "How can I, except some man should guide me?" And he asked Philip to come up into his chariot with (preposition sun) him to guide him.

The Greek preposition "sun" is used 125 times in the New Testament and many more times it is used as a prefix to another word. In the Greek language when a preposition is used as a prefix it still carries the same meaning as when it is used by itself. The meaning is quite clear in the examples already given. The thieves were crucified with him, the apostles were with him, David and the men that were with him, Philip with the Ethiopian eunuch. To be in junction with someone is to be viewed as literally being with that person, taking part in or associated with the same event.

This becomes important when viewed in the Pauline Epistles in light of a person's identification in Adam or in Jesus Christ. 

I'm going to give you a series of verses where the preposition "sun" is used either on its own or as a prefix to the associated word. Afterwards we can consider the impact of what these verses are telling those who choose to believe in this day and time.

Gal. 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Rom. 6:8
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Col. 2:20
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Rom. 6:4
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Col. 3:1
If ye then be (conditional clause in the indicative mood therefore assumed to be an actual fact and should be translated "Since you are") risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 

In these verses we are crucified with Christ, dead with Christ, buried with Christ, and risen with Christ. All use the preposition "sun" either on its own or as a prefix to the associated action.

When a person today acts according to Romans 10:9-10 his identification changes from one with Adam to one with Christ.

It is though we were literally crucified with him when he was nailed to the cross. Therefore God can say in Romans 6 our old man of sin is dead.

Rom. 6:6
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Our old man nature was nailed to the cross when Jesus was nailed to the cross. Our doulos relation to sin was nailed to the cross with Jesus.

Rom. 6:7-8
For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

The only way to break a doulos relationship is to die. We died with Jesus thus breaking our doulos relationship to sin that Adam had set up for us.

Rom. 6:9-11
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In our identification with Adam we had no choice but to serve sin. But now, in our identification with Christ that doulos relationship is ended and we have a choice as to whom we will serve. Once again we can be alive to God, reconnecting that relationship with God that Adam severed back in the Garden.

Col. 2:20-22
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

The Greek word translated rudiments here is "stoicheion" and means the fundamental principles or basic standards. In this case it is referring to the fundamental principles of the world, the rules and regulations under which the world operates and functions. 

As a child of God we can choose to live according to the world's standard or according to God's standard. One teaches you the fullness of acting in selfishness while the other teaches you how to walk in love. Not love as the world describes it and abuses the term but love as defined and described by God.

Because of this identification in Christ, God can legally say that those identified in Christ are justified. Justification is the removal of the penalty of sin, which basically is separation from God now and eternally. People today can be justified because the penalty of sin has been paid, that being death. Jesus Christ paid with his life and it is literally like we were there with him and that we also died, breaking that doulos relationship.

Whereas in mankind's identification in Adam there is only condemnation, in identification in Christ there is righteousness.

2 Cor. 5:21
For he (God) hath made him (Jesus Christ) to be sin (sin offering) for us, who (Jesus Christ) knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (Jesus Christ).

Because of our identification in Christ, God has been able to make all who trust in God's plan, as righteous as God is Himself. You need to read that real slow and allow it to sink in to your heart.

Rom. 10:9-10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Confess is the word "homologeo" and means to say the same thing as what God says in His Word, that Jesus is Lord or that Jesus did what I couldn't do for myself. And to believe that God raised him from the dead. Doing this changes a person's identification from Adam to Jesus.

Rom. 6:16
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

The choice is each individual's.

Rom. 6:17-18
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Now God has made us, passive voice in the Greek, a doulos of righteousness and the same standard still applies when it comes to being a doulos, you can only break the doulos relationship by death.

Rom. 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our doulos relationship to righteousness will never be broken for now, through Christ, God has given eternal life.

Our identification with Christ is the foundation of the Grace of God in this the Administration or Age of Grace.