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  • Pastor Jim Stultz

Identity Theft

There has been a startling rise in incidents of identity theft during the coronavirus pandemic. Criminals are using the uncertainty and confusion to steal information from individuals and use that information to commit fraud. It is a terrible and discouraging thing to know that someone has stolen your identity from you.

As careful as you try to be, your name and your personal information can still be stolen. However, those who have trusted Christ as their Savior have an identity that will never be stolen. When we believe in Christ’s death and resurrection and receive Him as our personal Savior we gain a new identity. Our identity is secure because it is found in Christ alone. The Bible tells us some wonderful things about our identity. In Rev. 3:12 we are told: “…And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name”. Christ is said to secure us by writing His new name on us. Jesus also tells us in John 10:28: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand”. People can snatch our purse, our wallet, our personal information but they cannot snatch the security of our eternal soul because it is firmly grasped in the hand of Christ.

Every treasure we own on this earth is subject to theft. They can steal our vehicles, our jewelry, our money, and even our land. That is why Jesus told us: "… Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:20-21).

Fraudsters may steal our identity, but they can’t touch our identity in Christ. Thieves may break in and take our possessions, but they can’t reach our treasures in heaven. Someone may even take away our physical life, but they can’t touch our eternal life held securely in the hand of Christ.

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