Recently, I’ve been studying the topic of Christian spiritual identity. While doing so, I heard a pastor who had been working in the field of Christian counseling for many years say that, no matter what the circumstance, the common denominator of every defeated Christian he had counseled was this:
They did not know their spiritual identity in Christ.
They didn’t know who they were!
How does this happen?
As Christians, once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the accuser begins his relentless attack on us. He tries to make us feel guilty about our past and does his best to render us ineffective to God.
What he is ultimately doing is preventing us from learning our spiritual identity.
He keeps us out of the Bible, out of prayer, out of disciplining ourselves spiritually for the purpose of godliness. Because, he knows that once we understand the great power supply we have in Jesus and we “plug into” it, he has no control over us.
We break away from the shackles of sin and guilt, of low living and low production, and start living the authentic Christian life to which God has called us.
We thwart Satan’s plan to lie, to murder, to destroy lives. We become mighty vessels through which God brings his wonderful message of salvation to a dying world.
Satan sees that and cringes. So, he uses all of his resources to prevent us from recognizing our true spiritual identity in Christ.
And unfortunately, he has done well. There are way too many of us who don’t know who we are. We have allowed Satan to steal our identities and we languish in a perpetual state of defeat.
We have the power of Christ within us but we aren’t even sure what that really means.
In order to experience an authentic relationship with Jesus, it takes effort on our part to learn who He is, who we are, and how we become more like him. To be certain, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us, but it remains our decision whether we choose to actively seek Christ or not.
2 Cor. 5:17 tells us that, if we are in Christ, we are new creations. It says the old has passed away and the new has come.
This is what we have, it is who we are, but we have to take it. We have to appropriate it for ourselves, claiming our identity, making it ours, and telling Satan to hit the road.
Below are 29 different aspects of our spiritual identity in Christ that are found in Scripture. I hesitated in listing this many because it may be overload. I mean, each one is at least a sermon in itself. I’m afraid that, in reading them, you might just gloss over them and not get a true sense of what each means to you.
However, at the same time, I wanted to give a sense of just how much there is to learn about who we are as Christians.
This is just a sample but each gives us an idea of what it means to know Jesus, to be his disciple, and to live as God intends.
As we read and consider them, may we all seek to know and claim our true identity as children of God.
In Christ, we are:
1. Justified and redeemed (Rom. 3:24)
2. Alive to God (Rom. 6:11)
3. Recipient of eternal life (Rom. 6:23)
4. Void of condemnation (Rom. 8:1)
5. Inseparable from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-39)
6. One with others in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27)
7. With reason to boast (Rom. 15:17)
8. Sanctified in Christ (Heb. 10:10)
9. Established and sealed in Christ (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
10. Always led into triumph (2 Cor. 2:14)
11. A New Creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
12. Reconciled to God and given ministry of reconciliation to others (2 Cor. 5:18)
13. Liberated (set free) (Gal. 5:1)
14. Given the Holy Spirit of God (Rom. 5:5)
15. Sons and daughters of God through faith (Gal. 3:26)
16. Owner of identity that transcends such things as race or gender (Gal. 3:28)
17. Partakers of a rich inheritance (Eph. 1:18)
18. Raised up together in Christ (Rom. 6:4)
19. Enriched with grace of his kindness (1 Cor. 1:4-7)
20. His workmanship, created in Christ (Eph. 2:10)
21. Partakers of God’s promise (Eph. 3:6)
22. With boldness and access to God’s throne of grace (Heb. 4:16)
23. Forgiven (Eph. 4:32)
24. Saints (Rom. 1:7)
25. Recipients of joy (1 Pet. 1:8-9)
26. Called upward (Phil. 3:14)
27. Promised life (2 Tim. 1:1)
28. Strengthened by grace (2 Tim. 2:1)
29. Saved (2 Tim. 2:10)…
Instead of making this list end on an even number, I decided to let you find number 30.
And by the way, isn’t it amazing to know what God has given us through faith in his Son?!?!