Your True Identity in Christ
Too often we do not walk consistently with the Lord because we do not
understand who we are in Him. Not unlike Neo in The
who ran from the agents until he began to believe that he
was the one, we do not stand up to the temptations that meet us each day
because we do not really believe we are righteous, saints, loved by God.
We still think of ourselves in our pre-conversion state, aka the flesh.
It is important to know who you are in Christ. The following list is from
the study guide for the The Life
with Dr. Bill
and Anabel Gillham. The subtitle of the course is
How to Let Christ Live His Life In and Through You
This is an partial list of who we are in Jesus Christ.
All quotes are from the New King James Version.
You are now justified and redeemed
... being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, ...
Free from sin's power
For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Indemnified (God does not reject you, just your sinful performance)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Accepted in Him
Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctification and redemption - that, as it is written, 'He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.'
1 Corinthians 2:16
The Mind of Christ is in you
For 'Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?' But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthains 6:11
Washed, sanctified, justified
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:17
On with the Holy Spirit
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 15:22
Alive (formerly dead)
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
2 Corinthians 2:14
Always led by His triumph (whether it appears so or not)
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
His laws are written on your heart
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on the tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
2 Corinthians 3:12-14
You hardened mind is removed (mind transplant)
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech - unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament because the veil is taken away by Christ
2 Corinthians 5:17
A now creation (not an old garment with a new patch)
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:21
The righteousness of God (cannot get more righteous)
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Have liberty (not a peaceful feeling, but a knowledge)
Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue in you.
All are one (no inferiority)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus
Son/Daughter and heir of God
Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Blessed with every spiritual blessing
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,...
Chosen, holy, blameless before God
... just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,...
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Have an inheritance in heaven
...that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be the praise of His glory.
Sealed in the Spirit
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory
Seated in heaven (now)
... and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, ...
Created for good works (which He can do through you)
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Brought near to God
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Partaker of the promise
... that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel ...
Have bold and confident access to God
... in [Jesus] we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
A member of His body (not inferior)
For we are member of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
His peace guards your heart and mind (not a peaceful feeling, but a knowledge)
Be anxious for nothing, but everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Have all needs (not greeds) supplied
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Complete (You can't improve a perfect identity)
For in [Jesus Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Raised up with Him
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God
Your life is hidden with Christ in God (see this by faith)
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.