Christians are coming under increasing attack in culture. It’s no long an advantage to be seen in church like is was as recently as the 1900,s – in fact, it seems like most of society doesn’t care, We are lumped I with the “far right” and categorized as a fringe element by social media outlets and prominent political figures.
Many Christians seem to flounder under the new societal knowledge based of what God says about them. If what we hear about Christians from the secular world isn’t true, then what is and why does it matter?
Why It’s Important To Know Your Identity In Christ
We hear a lot about authenticity and transparency today. Nobody is more transparent that the Lord about His mission and what He intends for His people. This is what we need to let others see when they interact with us, Faith is not a result of any political persuasion, but of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
It’s important to know who we really are in order to be authentic. Rather than allow a culture narrative to stereotype us, we need to understand why we are different- and what those differences are.
It is difficult for others who don’t know Him to understand us. Unfortunately, sometimes I think we don’t understand ourselves. And that makes it easy to feel intimidated or insignificant. In this swirling manic, media-driven era, it’s easy for us to forget who we are.
Our identity is wrapped up in a Jesus, but what does that mean? Instead of relying on a person to tell us who we are in Christ, let’s turn to the Bible for our answers.
Who I Am In Christ
We are Adopted.
We are adopted into God’s spiritual family as a chosen child of God. We are welcomed with open arms and feel the love of His family. We become the sons and daughters of Christ through baptism and faithfulness to Him.￼ (Romans 8:15-16).
We Are Born Again.
It might seem contradictory to consider that new birth and adoption both happen to us when we accept Jesus as our Savior. But really , if we think about being born spiritually as our second birth, the adoption into a new family is the next logical step. We are like butterflies awaiting release from our cocoons to live a new life. (1 Peter 1-3, 23)
We Are Created.
I’m not a random accident, or the mere product of two cells interacting. I am an objective creation of God. (Psalm 139:13-17)
We Are Destined To Heaven..
I don’t have to worry about what will happen after I did, I am assured of my home in Heaven. (John 3:16 and 14:1-3).
We Are Elected
I was chosen to belong to Christ. Everyone who given their life to Him does so because He first Loved them. (John: 3:16 and Romans 8:29-30).
We Are Forgiven.
When we tryst Christ with out lives, He forgives us completely of all our sins- including our very sin nature (Like 11:4 and 1 John 1:9).
We Are Gifted.
Jesus didn’t plan for is to be saved and then sit around just soaking in His love. He has work for us to do, and has equipped us with individual gifts in order to carry out our assignments. (Romand 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:11-12).
We Are Holy.
Another word for Holy is sanctified. This means to be set apart for a purpose. We are both commanded to be Holy and made holy by Jesus’s work on the cross. We should live like what we are. John 17:13-19 is a beautiful prayer that Jesus prayed for us.
We Are Identified.
Because we were the name of Christ. We are identified with Him. We cannot be mistaken for anything other that His child. Our adopted brothers and sisters are known as God’s children. Christ makes us known to others by our heavenly Father’s name. ( Ephesians 1:13).
We Are Justifed.
This word means “ to be made right,” We are assured that nothing will be held against a on Judgment Day because we are right with God. This is not a product of what we did, but what Jesus does for us, it’s not something we can boast about – He gets all the credit. ( Romand 4:3-5).
We Are Known.
God knows us -all the way to our core. Psalm 139:1-6 and Jeremiah 1:15 confirm that we are not an invisible or just another number.
We Are Loved.
Because God knows me as an individual, and because His very nature is Love, we can rest assured that He loves us. ( John 12:34 15:9, and 17:24; 1 John 4:8).
All of us can become a body of Christ. If we want to have an identity in Christ, we have to ask Him to come into our lives. We can become a branch on the vine that is Jesus. When He adopts us, we are grafted in, not one of us can survive without Him, just as a branch it depends on the vine for sustenance. This illustration is described in John 15:1-8. We are commanded to remember our part in His body that was sacrificed for us when we celebrate communion. ( 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We Are New.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that all things become new- including us. Isaiah says in 43:19 that the Messiah would do something new and Jesus accomplished it when He set up the New Covenant in Hos blood. We are assured that the old us will die when we become Christians. We receive a new nature and frame of mind. We don’t have to think in old ways, because God gives us a new heart. Here is a list of Scriptures to find truth of that:
1: Corinthians 11:25
2 Corinthians 3:6
We Are The Offspring Of Christ.
Acts 17:28 tells us we are His offspring. This brings us back to our adoption into His family. But even more that that- it’s as if He forgot that we were adopted and treats us like biological children. After all, that’s what human parents of adopted children do. Like 6:35-36 refers to followers of God as His children. John 1:13 assures us that those who have accepted Him have the right to be His children and Galatians 3:26 confirms that we are.
We Are Peculiar And Protected.
The word peculiar in the King James Version of 1 Peter 2:9 means unique. We are not like the rest of the population at-large. We are a part of a select group who follows Christ. He is our Shepherd and protects us. (Psalm 23).
We Are Quiet In Spirit.
There is a profound peace inside our minds because We Know who’s we are This exercise of remembering our identity calms and assures us that we are not alone and that we are going to be okay. (Isaiah 30:15 and 32:17-18).
We Are Redeemed, Rescued, Ransomed And Remembered.
Redeemed carries the idea of being brought back from slavery or unlawful ownership. This is reflected in the word ransomed. Jesus mounted an epic rescue operation when He came to earth as a man, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. (1 Peter 1:18-29, Hebrews 9:12, and Revelation 5:9: We were on His mind when He came, He remembered that we needed to be redeemed. (Psalm 136:23-24).
We Are Saved And Sealed.
Jesus saves us and the Holy Spirit seals us Acts 2:21 declared that when we call the name of Jesus to save us, He does. Later in Acts, we discover that everyone is saved the same way by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus. Romans 10:9 also confirms the truth of Salvation for those who believe. The Spirit is our ink stamp of authenticity. (Galatians 3:2,5; Romans 8:18).
We Are Transformed And Treasured.
I’ve already mentioned how we’ve come new in Christ, and this truly is a total transformation as 1 Corinthians 5:17 and 2 Corinthians 3:18 describe. It’s a from the inside out one of a kind change. But I also want to include something I don’t think we ponder enough- God treasures us, Deuteronomy 7:6 and Malachi 3: 17 assure us of this wonderful concept. Especially in the Malachi verse, we see how, because we are God’s children, we fit the description as His own special treasure.
We Are United With Christ.
We not only gain a new identity when we choose Christ but we are actually united with Him. We become part of Him. This goes even beyond becoming part of His family. We need to read and own the power of Romans 6:5-11. Roman ps 7:4 expounds further on the concept and these together give us incredible comfort and assurance.
We Are Victorious.
The victory of Jesus won over the power of the air and became our own when we trust in Him. Now we can pray with His power. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5. We share His victory over death and hell. ( 1 Corinthians 15:54). What can mete men do to us? ( Psalm 59:16-17). We have nothing to fear whatever comes our way. I’ve read the happy ending to the story. (Revelation 5:5).
We Are Washed.
Because we are washed by the blood of the Lamb. ( Titus 3:4-5) You do to have to ever feel dirty or less than. Jesus has made us clean and pure as new fallen snow. (Psalm 51:2. 7).
We Are Exonerated.
This word sounds like it started with X. I think that our sins have been blotted out with a big X. (Psalm 52:1 and Isaiah 43:25), God will never think of them again. Humans don’t have the power to forget and Satan always brings it up to try and destroy us. Absolutely everything is filed away in our heads. We might not be able to recall facts on demand, but they are up there. However, God can and He does forget our sins after He forgives them.
We Are Yoked.
We are no longer isolated or considered a stray. We can be part of a group. I love knowing that I’m not just hanging out there all by myself to figure things our and make a way on my own, I am a part of the body of Christ m one with Him. And a member of the family of God. This family is forever. I love how Jesus describes it in Matthew 11:28-30.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from mem for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.Matthew 11:28-30
We Are On Our Way To Zion.
This is the same saying as I know I’m going to heaven when I die. John: 3:16 and 14:1-3 remind me that heaven is my destiny because I believe in Him.
I have personally been encouraged by this little study. Now when life gets dicey or circumstances threaten to overwhelm me, I can read over these truths.
Power coupled with peace comes from understanding what God says about who I am in Christ.