Our new identity in Christ is something I am personally very passionate about. In our church today, I hear so many Christians speak poorly about themselves, and it truly saddens me. I must admit that I used to be one of them. I used to believe that I was a lowly, undeserving sinner. How could God possibly want me? How could He use someone like me? Weren’t there people out there who were more “qualified” in the eyes of God?
And then I started learning about my identity as God’s child. You see, I used to be a sinner, but I’m not a sinner anymore. I’m a child of the living God. And if you’re a believer, the same is true of you.
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Here’s a list of just some of the good things God has to say about you in His Word:
- You have been adopted into God’s family – you are His child and He is your good, good Father. (John 1:12)
- Jesus considers you a friend, not a servant or slave. (John 15:15)
- You have been justified and redeemed by Christ (Romans 3:24)
- Your old nature was crucified with Christ, and you are no longer a slave to sin. (Romans 6:6)
- As a child of God, you are a co-heir with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
- The Holy Spirit lives within you, making you God’s temple. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
- You are united with Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
- You are a new creation in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- You have become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- You are no longer a slave, but God’s child and His heir. (Galatians 4:7)
- You have been set free in Christ. (Galatians 5:1)
- You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)
- You are chosen, holy, and blameless before God. (Ephesians 1:4)
- You have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13)
- You are alive with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
- You are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6)
- You are God’s masterpiece created to accomplish good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
- You are a member of God’s family and a partaker of His promise. (Ephesians 3:6)
- You were formerly darkness, but now you are children of the light. (Ephesians 5:8)
- You are a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
- God’s peace guards your heart and mind. (Philippians 4:7)
- God supplies your needs (Philippians 4:19)
- You are complete in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 2:10)
- You are victorious. (1 John 5:4-5)
This list isn’t even complete and already I’m overwhelmed at how much God has given us. What a transformation! I once was a sinner, but now I am everything on that list and more. This realization changed my life.
I needed to stop calling myself by my old identity and start claiming my new identity in Christ!
I’ve searched the New Testament high and low. I could not find one verse that claimed we were still sinners after our adoption into the family of God. In fact, I found many verses that tell us how sin no longer has any power in our lives, that all we have to do is resist the devil and he runs away, and that our sin nature was actually crucified with Christ… meaning its dead.
To claim that I’m still a sinner is to claim that my sin nature isn’t dead, that it still has power, and that I will always “struggle” with sin. How can we “struggle” against a dead man?
I truly believe that the reason we still struggle with sin is that we believe the lies of the enemy. He’s an identity thief – remember? He wants you to believe that the chains of sin are still there and that you are still addicted to your past life.
Why would God tell us there is ALWAYS a way out of temptation if there wasn’t ALWAYS a way out for us? Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world – right?
The New Testament writers were constantly reminding the new believers of their identity in Christ. They needed to remember that they now had the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit living inside of them. I truly believe it was because they struggled with many of the same lies we still deal with today.
Are you really who God says you are?
It’s time we started saying, “Yes. I am exactly who God says I am.” Because when we start to believe this truth, the enemy runs in fear of what we can and will do in the name of Jesus.
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.