Our Identity in Christ

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Recently I had an interesting conversation with a very good friend about our identity in Christ.

She was telling me she had purposed this year to focus and study in depth the issue of our identity in Christ because she wanted to grow in the knowledge of who she was in Christ and thus grow and deepen her relationship with Him.

That made me think.

It made me ask myself about my own identity(thank God for good friendships that stimulate good conversations!). She made made me wonder if I really understood the depth of what my identity in Christ meant.

I asked myself: Who am I?

Am I my name? My reputation? My material possessions? What identifies me? What gives me worth?, I kept asking myself.

Is my identity my car, high-paying job or increasing facebook friend count? Or in case of not having those, is the lack of it what identifies me? Is my identity based on my material possessions, bank account or what others think of me?

While thinking of all this a thought came to my mind. I thought of the danger of fixing our identity to something so fleeting as a car, job, or bank account, for the mere fact that once gone your identity changes. Once your Maserati is repossessed and your new reality is an old beat up car you immediately are known as the-guy-that-had-the-cool-car. Once you lose your millions in a stock market crash your identity immediately shifts from millionaire to broke.

So by necessity, our identity must be attached to something that endures. Why? Because if it were based on mere material things then our identity would be volatile, fleeting, changing. It wouldn’t be fixed. If so were the case, we wouldn’t be able to have certainty. If my car was my identity then what happens when I lose it? Does my identity goes with it? Am I now just the-person-who-used-to-own-the-nice-car?

The world tells us we are our possessions; social media pressures us into thinking we are our friend count; cosmetic companies sell women the idea that they won’t be desired unless they purchase their product. We buy into the idea that our life is not complete until we purchase their products.

But is it? Is our life complete? Do we have everything we need-everything we really need? Is our identity secure?

Well, that’s what I wanted to investigate. In light of this I decided to list a compilation of all the verses that could help me refresh what the Bible says about who I am, my identity in Christ and what I have in Him.

At the end of reading these, I found myself astounded at the marvelous grace of God displayed on everything He has freely given us in an identity that will endure for all eternity.

I hope going through the following list helps you as much as it helped me understand who God says I am.

Who Am I?

I am not the great “I am” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:24,28,58), but by
the grace of God, I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10).
I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
I am a child of God (John 1:12).
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life
(John 15:1,5).
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15).
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit
(John 15:16).
I am a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:18).
I am enslaved to God (Romans 6:22).
I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father (Romans 8:14,15;
Galatians 3:26; 4:6).
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance
with Him (Romans 8:17).
I am a temple—a dwelling place—of God. His Spirit and
His life dwell in me (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him
(1 Corinthians 6:17).
I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30).
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation
(2 Corinthians 5:18,19).
I am a son of God and one in Christ (Galatians 3:26,28).
I am an heir of God since I am a son of God (Galatians 4:6,7).
I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2).
I am God’s workmanship—His handiwork—born anew
in Christ to do His work (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (Ephesians 2:19).
I am a prisoner of Christ (Ephesians 3:1; 4:1).
I am righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24).
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (Philippians 3:20; Ephesians 2:6).
I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my
life (Colossians 3:4).
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
I am a son of light and not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1).
I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (Hebrews 3:14).
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as
a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5).
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a
holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9,10).
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Peter 2:11).
I am an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 5:8).
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He
returns (1 John 3:1,2).
I am born of God, and the evil one—the devil—cannot
touch me (1 John 5:18).

Since I Am in Christ, By the Grace of God…

I have been justified—completely forgiven and made
righteous (Romans 5:1).
I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule over
my life (Romans 6:1-6).
I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1).
I have been placed into Christ by God’s doing (1 Corinthians 1:30).
I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might
know the things freely given to me by God (1 Corinthians 2:12).
I have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
I have been bought with a price; I am not my own; I
belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).
I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God in
Christ, and I have been given the Holy Spirit as a pledge
guaranteeing my inheritance to come (2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13,14).
Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for
Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14,15).
I have been made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I
who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is
Christ’s life (Galatians 2:20).
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).
I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world
to be holy, and I am without blame before Him (Ephesians 1:4).
I was predestined—determined by God—to be adopted
as God’s son (Ephesians 1:5).
I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient
of His lavish grace (Ephesians 1:6-8).
I have been made alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven
(Ephesians 2:6).
I have direct access to God through the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18).
I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence
(Ephesians 3:12).
I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and
transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13).
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The
– debt against me has been canceled (Colossians1:14).
Christ Himself is in me (Colossians 1:27).
I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up in
Him (Colosssians 2:7).
I have been made complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).
I have been buried, raised, and made alive with Christ
(Colossians 2:12,13).
I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ.
My life is now hidden with Christ in God. Christ is now
my life (Colossians 3:1-4).
I have been given a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline
(2 Timothy 1:7).
I have been saved and set apart according to God’s doing
(2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5).
Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier,
He is not ashamed to call me His brother (Hebrews 2:11).
I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God
to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need
(Hebrews 4:16).
I have been given precious and magnificent promises by
God, by which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).

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