Acts 19:15 – And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
Today, I have three questions for you to consider. (1) Who are you in heaven? (2) Who are you in the earth? (3) Who are you in hell? For the clarity of understanding, perhaps that question could be better phrased by asking how you are known in the three realms I have named. Let’s examine the answer to each question as it should relate to the believer.
How are you known in heaven? That is an issue of faith. Have you made Jesus your Lord? If so, you have been born again, and your identity is settled in heaven. There you are looked upon as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You are a child of God, and heir of God, and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. You are a member of the body of Christ and a peculiar, unique treasure to Jehovah God.
How are you known in earth? That is an issue of choice and integrity. Regardless of your relationship to God, you character is a matter of your own choosing and having the integrity to live that life. As a Christian, you should be known as one. Your words, actions, to some degree, your appearance, your attitude; all these are means of expressing who you are in Christ. And each of those elements is a matter of your own choosing. If you are a person of integrity, you will choose to live out those characteristics that identify you clearly as belonging to the Lord, and representing Him in the earth.
How are you known in hell? That is a matter of fruit and work. Jesus was clearly known in hell for two primary reasons. They were the fruit He bore in His earthly ministry, and the works He did in His earthly ministry and His fulfillment of the plan of redemption. He cast out many devils, and through that work was well known in hell by reputation. And following His crucifixion, he walked through the regions of the damned, defeating every demon force of hell, and finally totally defeating Satan himself, stripping from him the keys of death and hell, not to mention freeing those kept in Abraham’s bosom to go with Him to heaven. Yes, Jesus was, and is, intimately known in hell. But what of Paul. He never went to hell, so he could not be known there in the up-close-and-personal manner in which Jesus was known. But Paul did cast out many devils, deliver many who were oppressed, and pull many souls back from the brink of damnation in eternity without Christ. So though not personally known in hell, he did indeed have a name of great reputation.
So, how are you know in heaven, earth, and in hell?
Manna for Today – Acts 19:11-20; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21