Knowing our Identity in Christ
Jesus asked his disciples the question ‘Who do you say I am?’ (Matthew 16:13-16, Mark 8: 27-29 & Luke 9: 18-20). Today I believe the Lord wants to ask you the same question. ‘Who do you say that Jesus is? I also believe that Jesus wants to ask us a second question. ‘Who do you say that you are?”
Spend a few moments writing down your answers to both questions. You may find it helpful to share with someone you trust.
Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher, is remembered for quoting ‘To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.’ However, I claim that you cannot know yourself until you first know Jesus and what He says about you. Knowing Jesus isn’t just knowing about Him. It is to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Your true identity is rooted in Jesus.
You have been created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:27). However, what does this mean? Here are three possible interpretations:
- We are given a role/function to ‘subdue’ and ‘rule’ the earth. (Genesis 1:28)
- Our male/female identity is uniquely attributed to us at birth by God. (Genesis 1:27)
- We are created to serve as His substitute by representing His presence on earth. (*)
(*) From The Lost World of Adam and Eve, John H. Walton P. 42)
Question: Do you take your identity from what Jesus says about you or from others?
Look at the four images below-passport, fingerprints, DNA and ‘work’. What do each of these images suggest about how you are uniquely identified by members of society?
The following are just some of the truths you will find in the Bible in relation to your identity in Jesus.
(Declare these truths aloud and let them sink into your spirit)
- I am an adopted child of God. (John 1:12 & Ephesians 1:5)
- I am a friend of God and have direct access to Him through the Holy Spirit. (John 15:15 & Ephesians 2:18)
- I am bought at a price and am justified through faith. (Romans 5:1 & 1 Corinthians 6:20)
- I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. (Colossians 1:14)
- I am the salt and light of the earth. (Matthew 5:13-14)
- I have been chosen and appointed to bear lasting fruit. (John 15:16)
- With thanksgiving to God that we are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) and are seated with Christ in the heavenly realm. (Ephesians 2:6)
- That we would find grace and mercy to help us in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
- For those who believe themselves to be ‘trapped in the wrong body’, that they would discover freedom in Christ and know that they are uniquely and wonderfully created by God.
- That we, the church, would show genuine compassion and love for those who struggle with their sexual identity.