“Who do you think you are?” Maybe someone has said this to you or possibly you may have even said this to someone else. What is meant by this question? It suggests something is wrong; things are not as they should be, not lining up. Such faulty thinking can produce behaviors and actions that are not genuine.
As Christians we can all relate to this. A good example is found in the book of Galatians 2:11-14. This is where Peter had gone to Antioch and while he was there, he was eating with the Gentiles. He wasn’t keeping the dietary law God had given to the nation of Israel through Moses. But this was not the real problem as we learn. When some other Jews came there who were still stuck on keeping the law, Peter was scared of them and stopped eating with the Gentiles. He went back to keeping the law. By this time Peter had known that God was no longer enforcing the dietary law (Acts.10:9-16). Some Jews were still sticking with it and Peter was jumping back and forth. Those with Peter got carried away with him in this hypocrisy.
When Paul learned of this and found Peter, we can imagine he may have said to him “Who do you think you are”. Why do you eat with the Gentiles and when the Jews come you separate yourself? Obviously, there’s something wrong. Paul said to him that he was not being straightforward by going back to the former restrictions God put on certain foods, knowing that God had replaced the old system. The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John.1:17). Jesus had come and finished His work and the old was gone and the new had come.
Let’s again consider the question, “who do we think we are?” Do we jump back and forth, sometimes thinking that we are the same person we were before being born again? (Rom. 6:6). Mostly all will confess that we are new creations in Christ, and for sure that’s true (2 Cor.5:17).
We must remember that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven (Eph.1:3) and has given us an inheritance and made us heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17). Let us never look backwards to our former selves to define our character now, because our true identity is found in Him. If we forget who we really are, the results of that thinking will not be correct. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov.23:7).
Let’s think about ourselves in Christ and not revert to old thinking. We are equipped and empowered to overcome all the efforts of satan, because greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Nothing will be able to stop us (not even prison or being abandoned by loved ones) from living the abundant life Jesus provided and secured for us.
By Chris Conchado
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