Identity in Christ

The measure of faith

Do you really know who you are in Christ? Do you know who your true father is? Am I even worthy enough for Him to hear my prayers? Does this big God truly love me knowing what I’m really like? Does His attitude change towards me when I doubt Him or fail?

These are all questions that Christians have asked themselves at one time or another. In this study, I’m going to try to help you settle your identity in Christ once and for all.

Sometimes we look for our identity in the wrong places. People will determine their identities through their appearance, occupation, abilities, family relationships, friends, denominational affiliation, and many other ways. These are all temporal; they change with the winds. By the time we reach adulthood, through experience with the opinions of other people, we let them decide who we are, but that can change.

There is only one way to determine your identity that cannot be shaken, one foundation that cannot be taken away from you: “I am a child of the Most High God!”

Trapped by Labels:

Did someone ever label you and it followed you all through life? Example; porky, stupid, slow learner, drug addict, alcoholic, loser, and so on.

Millions of people become labeled with an identity that focuses on their greatest weakness. The truth is, we are who God says we are. He sees us as His child who are totally forgiven, perfect in His sight, because when you are born again, He sees Jesus when He sees you.

1 John 4:17 says, “Love has been perfected among us in this; that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”

That pretty much settles who we are and it also opens a door of huge opportunities for victory in every area of our lives through Christ.

There are two identities of people in the Bible mentioned; in Adam and in Christ.

In Adam all die and in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). Every person born is born in Adam. That means we were born with the same nature, inheritance, and destiny that Adam possessed since the fall. We are born spiritually dead with a sinful nature and unless something changes, it will be eternal.

However, the inheritance left to us by Jesus is in total contrast. Romans 5:18, 19 – (Verse 18) Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. (Verse 19) For as by one mans disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Now, ask yourself whom do you identify yourself with – Adam or Christ? 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

This conversion does not refer to our behavior; it refers to our identity. With this new identity comes also, some behavioral changes. When you are truly born-again, you will want to change some things in your life and the power to do it will come by and through the Holy Spirit.

The world’s philosophy is to “Look out for number one.” The Bible tells us the opposite. Romans 12:3 – “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” This can lead to a spirit of pride. Our identity does not give us the right to think we are better because we know Christ and criticize those who don’t. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Our self-image should come from God’s Word, not what the world tells us we are. We are what God says we are. If you have a calling on your life, and all God’s children do, God already sees you being that, even though you are not there yet. He calls you what you will become; pastor, teacher, intercessor, warrior, and so on. He sees the end from the beginning. God called Abraham “father of many” before he had Isaac. So He sees you and calls you who you really are.

God wants us to know and rest in who we are in Christ and to grab hold of the truth. We are beloved children, even in the middle of our mess – worst failures. Only then will we have the confidence to come boldly to His throne of grace in our time of need. Everything that was made, including us, was made by Him, through Him and for Him. So what we do and whose we are, is all for the Kingdom of God. God never gives up on us, so please don’t give up on Him.

If my writings have helped you in any way, please e-mail me and let me know. I write about what I’ve been taught by God’s Spirit living on the inside of me and when it overflows, it has to come out.

You can find my e-mail and a place to put your e-mail at the end of the articles (on desktops or laptop, it’s on the right side). I would love to hear from you.

 

 

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