What do you think of when you hear the word “identity”? The dictionary definition is: “The condition or fact of being a specific person or thing; individuality.” If you’re like me you have probably often wondered how God really views you. Who does He think you are?
Before I begin listing Bible verses on identity, I want you to understand that most of the coming points relate to how Christ sees His children. If you do not have a relationship with Christ, He doesn’t view you as all of these things. But that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love you. Never think that you are too sinful to be forgiven. Jesus Christ’s love goes way past your righteousness. Okay, so let’s get down to what we’re actually here to study.
- “So God created man in His own image. In the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God saw that every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:27, 31
God says you are very good; made in His image. He created YOU to reflect HIM. So if you are made in the image of God, and are reflecting Him, you are also a representation of His attributes.
- “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 11 Timothy 3:2-5
You were born in sin. That’s why He died for you! He knows your humanness, but He didn’t leave it up to you to overcome it. He loved you so much that He gave His blood for you so you can have His power to overcome your sinful nature. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
- “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 11 Corinthians 5:17
The difference between this point and the last is the key to being all the coming points. When you believe in the saving blood of Christ, you are no longer living in sin; God now sees you as a new creature!
- “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform if until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
God knows you are still a “work in progress.” He began a good work in you, He has patience with you, and will continue to work in you until the return of Christ.
- “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14
When you have faith in God and are led by His Spirit, you’re His child. “Son” in Romans 8:14 means “immediate kinship.” The relationship between a parent and child is about the closet relationship there is, and that is how God views your relationship with Him.
- “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
When God created you, He knew everything that you will encounter in life. He chose the family and circumstances in your life, but more importantly, He chose you to show His love to the world. Because Jesus Christ is King, when you are born again, you are a part of His chosen, royal family.
- “And ye are complete in Him,” Colossians 2:10a
You might be thinking that I am contradicting what I said about being a “work in progress.” Complete in this sense doesn’t mean you have life figured out and everything is perfect for you. But rather, that you are filled spiritually. When you are living in victory through Christ, you won’t have spiritual void.
My prayer is that by reading this, you will see yourself as valuable to Christ. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Him, or maybe you feel distant from Him, may you be drawn to Christ’s love and accept what He has done for you. What aspect of your identity in Christ blesses you?
Check out this sermon by Eric Ludy- it blessed me a lot in the aspect of who I am in Christ! http://ellerslie.com/in-christ/
- Photography and blogging credits to Ginger Weaver