As sons and daughters of the Father, our identity is defined by who we are in Christ. Apostles often address immature churches as saints, beloved, chosen and holy. Our relationships with the Trinity define who we are, not good or bad deeds. Even though our behavior does not define us, it demonstrates who we are, and to whom we belong. Therefore, Paul reminded Romans that grace is not the reason to indulge in sin (Rom 6:1-2). At times our day finishes with groanings, but even in that, we are not alone, because the Spirit is groaning with us in our prayers. The bottom line is whether I am in Christ or I am still in Adam, the old man.
Eduard Borysov born in Artyomovsk, Ukraine (in 2018 the town was renamed Bakhmut due to decommunization process in Ukraine), is a professor at Kyiv Theological Seminary, Ukraine. His favorite movie is The Kingdom of Heaven, his favorite smell is coffee and chocolate, his first job was helping his dad in construction, and when not engaged in academic rigor he enjoys visiting friends and watching movies.