“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Bridge – A structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle; a time, place, or means of connection or transition. A means to get from one point to another.
One of the major gaps that we face in life deals with our identity. Who we are verses who we perceive ourselves to be. Adam received his identity from God. When he opened his eyes he beheld the glory of God and the first voice he heard was the voice of God. This is how Adam knew who he was; Adam knew he was like God. Therefore, what you behold is who you will be and what you here is what you will believe.
Many people young and older are suffering from identity crisis. They have no clue of who they are, they float thru life asking the question, who am I? Not understanding this is exactly the place where the enemy wants them to be; not knowing who they really are. He knows that if he can keep you from knowing who you are he can keep you from accessing all the power and authority that is yours. He knows that if you bridge the gap between who you are to who you are in Christ, there will be nothing he can do to you. When he came to Jesus in the wilderness the question he gave was “if thou be”, he was questioning Jesus identity, he knew if he could get Jesus to question His identity he could defeat him. But Jesus knew that He came from the Father and that He was in the Father and He and the Father were one. Jesus saw Himself in the Father and he used that power and authority to defeat the enemy. In the same way Jesus saw Himself in the Father we must see ourselves in Him. The enemy wants to keep you wondering who you are by causing you to use something outside of Jesus to identify yourself.
First we identify ourselves through our parents, then our friends, then society. If you could really discover who you are through your parents the question of who you are wouldn’t be an issue. Furthermore, if you could find yourself in your parents than all that they are you would be. For instance, if your parent is an alcoholic you would identify with that and think that is who you are. No, you must go higher to see who you really are. You must go to the source of your existence. You must go to your Father to know who you really are. And the only way to the Father is through Christ. Christ is the bridge to the gap of who you are verse who you perceive yourself to be. When you use something outside of Christ to bridge that gap it becomes a wall not a bridge. It keeps you away from knowing who you really are. The only way to know who you really are is to look at Jesus. As you behold Him in all his loveliness, splendor and power you are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor. 3:18)
When you understand that as He is so are you in this world, when you understand that as He is lovely; so you are lovely, as He is confident; so you are confident; as He is gentle; so you are gentle. As He is glorious; so you are glorious it changes everything.
This is why the enemy wants to keep you reaching outward instead of looking within. Because He is Christ in you the hope of glory. Christ in you is the power to reign in life. Everything you hear about Jesus you need to say that’s me, that’s who I am. You see, you’re not just who your mother named you, but you are a child of God an heir of God a joint-heir with the Lord Jesus Christ. And the bible tells us in 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.” What does it mean when He shall appear? I know John is talking about Christ’s second coming but right now when He appears that means when we see Him, when we get a revelation of who He is we are changed into what we see from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.