I continue my blogging series about our identity in Christ with another guest post. Today I have Samantha writing for me. To learn more about her, read her bio at the end of the post. You can also find her online at her blog: aimingintentionally.com . Today, Samantha shares with us 19 verses about our identity in Christ.
Who am I? This is a question that many people ask themselves in their lives.
When we become Christians, our identity shifts into a greater purpose. No longer are we trying to figure out who we are as people, but who we are as Christians. This leads us to ask: Who are we in Christ?
Know Who You Are In Christ
When you give your life to Christ, you’re no longer living for yourself. You are a part of a greater purpose. God has a purpose and a plan for every one of us, long before we even chose Him.
Once Christ becomes a part of your life, you want to learn all you can about Him.
- Who was He?
- What was His purpose on this earth?
- How can I be more like Him?
When you find out what His purpose is for this world, you find out that this world is not our home. As Christ-followers, we have been assigned to grow the Kingdom and develop a stronger link within the Church (with a capital “C”).
What Is An Identity?
Your identity comes from the things in your life that define you. It might be a title of relationship in your life or the work you do. It could also be the hobbies you enjoy or the people you’re around.
Your identity also comes from the values and morals that you keep. Believing in certain topics or ideas narrows your identity to certain groups and columns.
Your identity is never final. It changes with every interest you have, new relationships that come, and new opinions you develop.
When Christ Changes Your Identity
When a person accepts Christ as their Savior, they are possibly changing their identity and doing a complete 180.
Before Christ, it’s possible that they were a part of the complete opposite of what Christ represents.
When they accept Jesus, their identity becomes intertwined with His.
Jesus is the Constant, and we are the variables. We are always changing but Christ stays the same. He doesn’t mould around us, we mould ourselves around Him.
5 Ways Jesus changes our identity
To find out who you are in Christ, you must first realize what He does in your life.
1. We no longer chase after our own desires
When looking back on our own identity before Christ, it was defined as our own interests, relationships, and titles. When we become Christ-followers, it becomes completely about Him.
What I can do to bring glory to God today? How can I invite God into the challenges of my life? How can I further God’s Kingdom?
These questions bring ourselves and our identity into a place that becomes more about God and less about ourselves.
2. We stop comparing ourselves to others.
When we realize this world has a greater purpose, our daily life and trials become minimal. Before we were trying to keep up with everyone and everything around us. In competition to have the best things.
When we accept Christ in our lives, we receive the very BEST thing we could ever imagine. Suddenly the things we thought we wanted, don’t seem so important anymore.
3. We stop fearing the future.
God has a plan for everyone He calls into service. When we find that out, we stop wondering what will happen to us.
We realize that God’s plan is all we need and we no longer are afraid of what’s going to happen in the end.
4. We receive an identity shift
When our identity was categorized by the things we had interests in, the people we have a relationship with, and the duties we have accepted, our identity shifts to Christ.
Everything we considered a part of ourselves becomes “plus Jesus”.
An example of this would be that my identity as a mother means I’m going to bring Jesus into my relationship with my kids.
Everything that was a part of your identity, gives you the opportunity to bring Christ along to spread His love to others.
When Christ enters our lives, we receive an identity that reflects His own.
19 Verses about our identity In Christ
Knowing that Christ has redefined your identity as you knew it before, what does the Bible say about Christ’s identity in you?
1. We are Made in God’s Image
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
2. We are Children of God
John 1:12 says, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”
3. We are Accepted for God’s Glory
Romans 15:7 says, “Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”
4. We are Adopted
Ephesians 1:5 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
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5. We are No Longer Slaves
Romans 6:6 says, “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.”
6. We are Complete in Jesus
Colossians 2:9-10 says, “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”
7. We are The Body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
8. We are A Chosen People
1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
9. We are One in Christ
Galatians 3:27-28 says, “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
10. We are a Temple for The Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
11. We are His Workmanship
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
12. We are Prophets to the Nations
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
13. We are a New Creation
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
14. We are Crucified With Christ
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
15. We are a Friend of Jesus
John 15:15 says, “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
16. We are Heirs With Christ
Romans 8:17 says, “And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
17. We are Created in the Likeness of God
Ephesians 4:24 says, “And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
18. We are Citizens of Heaven
Philippians 3:20 says, “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”
19. We are Ambassadors for Christ
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
What To Do With Your Newfound Identity
Let’s go back to the first question: Who am I?
With this newfound knowledge of your identity in Christ, you now know the power of Jesus’ name and what you are capable of – through Him.
Once you are accepted into the family of Christ, there is nothing you can’t do and no honour more important.
Now that you know the importance of your identity in Christ, now is the time to fulfill the purpose of God and what He has planned for you.
Draw close to God and make an appointment with Him daily. Get to know Him on a more personal level and He will draw you closer to Him.
It is then that you will hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you and guiding you toward the ministry God has designed for you.
In the comments below, share your favourite verses about our identity in Christ.
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