He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:21 NASB
What is the flesh?
Read chapter 9 and answer the following:
1. How is Dan using the word flesh, or false self? Define these terms.
2. Does flesh always produce things that look bad on the outside? Why or why not? 3. How is focusing on ourselves, instead of on Christ as our life, flesh-based?
4. When God looks at you, what does He see? What is His point of reference in looking at you? Is He pulling the wool over His eyes when He looks at you, or is this the way you really are?
5. What does it mean to stop trying to become who we already are? What does this mean for you personally?
6. What are some things already true about you as a new creation in Christ? Will these things ever change?
7. How does knowing our true identity help us understand that there is no condemnation?
8. How does knowing our true identity enable us to live with a Christ-consciousness instead of a self-consciousness? Why is this important?
9. In what ways do you still attempt to draw your identity from externals? How is that dangerous to you and others? What is God’s solution to that problem?
10. What does it mean for us to focus on the spirit, instead of primarily the soul?
11. What is your true identity as a child of God?
12. What is the prayer Dan suggests regarding your identity at the end of the chapter? Would this prayer be an appropriate one for you to be praying?