Your Identity Comes From Identification
Only those intimately associated with Jesus will find their way into God's Kingdom.
People tend to complicate things, but salvation is only appropriated through one's covenantal identification with the Son of God.
By this, I'm referring to a willingness to pour your whole existence into Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
In one transformative act of solidarity, He became our substitute. By the grace of God, men and women can be “accredited” with what Jesus did.
What's in Him is now in us.
The old humanity, with its evil tendencies, was crucified. Previous ways of thinking and behavior were exterminated. We are now parting company with worldly principles and actions. Sin’s dominion is broken.
Through Jesus, believers are no longer a slave to old habits and attitudes. We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
It comes down to this: a healthy identity and purpose will only come from your identification with Jesus.