Last year in Boone, NC, Shelby Jean White was found guilty of murder in the
first degree. It was a bizarre case. She murdered a local woman, buried the
body, and then took that woman’s identity. For some months she pretended to be
the other woman, writing checks in her name, using her name when she answered
the phone, while carefully hiding her own identity. The ruse was discovered
when family members thought her voice on the telephone did not sound like that
of their relative.

Paul was not stealing the identity of another when he wrote, “It is no
longer I that lives. It is Christ that lives in me.” That exchange of
identity was made possible, and proper, when Christ on the cross took our
identity. He died in our place and now we live in His place.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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