Identity In Christ – “Who are we?”

We are the image of God:

Gen 1:26-27: “Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Gen 9:6: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”

1 Cor 11:7: “For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.”

Matt 25:35-40:

We are loved by God:

You are loved by God, not because of what you’ve done, but because of who you are. The Bible tells us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He longed to have a relationship with you even before you became His child!

Rom 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

This one may be hard to get your mind around, but it is true. God loves us with the same love that He had towards Jesus Himself! Look at this passage in scripture:

John 17:23 “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

Jesus said that the greatest love a man can show for his friends is when he lays down his life for them. Jesus laid down His life for us – that is how valuable and dear we are to Him!

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

As a matter of fact, if we don’t realize the love of God, we cannot be filled with the fullness of God. We will lack His fullness in our lives until we come to know of His deep love for us:

Eph 3:17-19 “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

We are forgiven, justified, and have the righteousness of Christ:

Rom 3:21-28

We have peace and grace:

Rom 5:1-2 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Adopted as a child of God:

John 1:12-13 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Eph 1:5 “he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will”

Gal 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

A citizen of heaven part of the heavenly kingdom:

Phil 3:30 “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”

Col 1:13-14 “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Part of a royal priesthood and a holy nation:

1 Pet 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

We were chosen to do good works:

John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

Eph 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Why is it important to know our identities in Christ?

To experience God’s Freedom:

In Christ, you have been set free from the bondage of sin and guilt, the spirit of rejection, the yoke of satanic deception, worry and anxiety, and all fear–including the fear of evil, death, and hell.

God expects you to enjoy the freedom that you have been given in Christ. Imagine a life free from the bondage of sin and deception. A life where feelings of guilt and rejection are quickly handled as you apply God’s truth. Imagine being so secure in your relationship with God and in your dependence on His promises that your life is virtually free of worry and fear!

Most people spend all of their earthly existence trying to structure a life that offers these benefits. And yet it is completely impossible apart from God. It is only as we believe God for what we’ve been given in Christ and follow Him in obedience that this kind of lifestyle can become reality.

To experience God’s peace and happiness:

In Christ, you will experience peace and happiness. God’s peace and happiness transcend our circumstances. God is even more committed to our happiness and well being than we are. He expects us to experience a life of peace and happiness because we are trusting in Him. It is a peace that can be ours in the midst of crisis. It’s a joy that can be experienced in the midst of tragedy. But it’s only possible as we live in Christ, above the circumstances of our life. Daily ask God to give you His peace and happiness and find ways to appropriate His promises to your life.

To experience God’s power:

In Christ, you have been given power to demolish strongholds of evil deception, overcome the controlling effects of the world system, do God’s will, fulfill His purposes, and overcome the forces of evil.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When we allow God’s strength and power to work through us we can face life with confidence. God’s supernatural power is available to you because you are His child.

To experience God’s victory:

In Christ, you will overcome adversity. A supernatural lifestyle is not free of misery, pain and suffering because we live in a fallen world. Adverse circumstances are life’s laboratory in which God develops our character. The world judges life by the quality of favorable circumstances that surround the individual. God judges the life by the growth of the individual’s character, which is manifested in the midst of adversity. Adverse circumstances provide a showcase to demonstrate the quality of God’s workmanship in us to the watching hosts of the universe. Adverse circumstances also occur because life is lived in a cosmic war zone. The doomed forces of evil are doing their worst to damage the unshakable kingdom of the invincible King.

 

God doesn’t expect us to just endure adversity. He expects us to triumph over it. He wants us to trust Him to work in and through our difficulties so that we actually benefit from them. Instead of being destroyed by adversity, God wants us to use those hardships to our advantage. No matter what happens in Christ, we can’t lose, because He enables us to be super conquerors.

Eph 2:4-6 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”

Mark 16:15-18 “And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

John 14:12-14 “”Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

Practical Steps to Growing in Our Identities

  1. Believe what God says is true about you, instead of what seems natural. Following natural instincts inhibits supernatural living. Be patient — reprogramming your soul to act consistently with your new identity is a gradual process. But don’t give up! 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us, “We live by faith, not by sight.”
  2. Learn all you can about your new identity and capabilities for supernatural living. Ignorance, lack of understanding, and an unwillingness to live by faith are key barriers to experiencing God’s best in life. Romans 12:2 reminds us, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
  3. Routinely thank God in your devotional time for the various aspects of who you are in Christ and the supernatural capabilities He has granted you. You can use Ephesians 1:3 as a starting point: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

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