As a parent, one of the greatest moments of life was when your children begin to realize, for themselves, who they truly are and start to become their true selves.
Our Heavenly Father delights, even more, when His children begin to know and walk in their true identity. As we saw in the first post, God has placed us in Christ, sealed us in the Holy Spirit, made us a new creation, and given us a new identity.
As we continue with Jesus on the incredible adventure of knowing and living our spiritual identity, the Scriptures provide us with astonishing revelations that help us answer the question, “Who am I?”
Here are several aspects of our core identity in Christ:
1. Sons of God
Paul tells us, “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” (Galatians 3:26). One of the most significant aspects of our identity in Christ is that we are sons of God.
Ladies, my intention is not to use an exclusive gender language with the term “sons of God” but to remain consistent with the Greek text. In fact, Sonship is not a gender-specific term in the Bible but a legal term focusing on inheritance. Obviously, as a female, you are a daughter of God! The Bible uses different terms to communicate that we are children of God including:
1) “sons of God” (Galatians 3:26).
2) “sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18).
3) “children of God” (1 John 3:1).
Also, for the gentleman, we also must remember that part of our identity in Christ is His bride (Revelation 19:7; 21:9)!
Sonship means having an intimate, loving relationship with our Heavenly Father. We are forever connected to Him as a son because of His unconditional and relentless love for us. 1 John 3:1 exclaims, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God; and so we are.”
Another core part of our identity is that in Christ we are an overcomer. Romans 8:37 declares, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Being an overcomer implies that we will encounter many tough obstacles, difficulties, and challenges.
However, because of our spiritual identity, we can live with complete confidence that God will enable us to overcome every trial, hardship, and storm of life. Jesus told His disciples, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. However, take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We do not need to let fear or anxiety control us. We are to be courageous and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit as an overcomer in Christ.
3. Radically loved by God
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NASB).
Years ago when I was in seminary, I began studying this verse. Honestly, I thought that the translators made a mistake and mistranslated the word “demonstrates” in the wrong tense. I assumed that “demonstrated” should be the correct translation since Christ’s death was in the past. As I dug deeper into the original Greek verb, I discovered that the verb was not in the past tense but the “present, active, indicative” tense. That means the verb is not a one time, past event. Instead, this verb tense conveys that the action is in the present and is on-going. The way God demonstrates His love for us today and tomorrow is that Jesus died for us.
Regrettably, many followers of Jesus are seeking to discover the evidence of God’s love for them based upon the various circumstances of their day. We believe that if we go through something horrible, then God must not love us very much right now. Alternatively, we convince ourselves that if we are having a bad day or season of life, then God must be frustrated with us about something and is punishing us.
God does not express His love for you today based on how good your day goes.
God’s love for you today is manifested in the reality that He gave His Son Jesus Christ to die for you while you were lost in sin.
In Christ, God immensely loves you right now, and the depths of that love is evidenced today by the cross of Christ.
Other blessings and promises that you have because of your identity in Christ
- In Christ, nothing can separate me from God’s love. (Romans 8:38–39, NASB95)
- In Christ, I am accepted. (Romans 15:7, NLB, Colossians 1:21-22, NIV)
- In Christ, I am complete (Colossians 2:10)
- In Christ, I am free from all condemnation Romans 8:1
- In Christ, I am totally righteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- In Christ, I am completely forgiven of all my sin (Ephesians 1:7–8; Colossians 2:13–14)
- In Christ, I am chosen, holy, and blameless. (Ephesians 1:4)
- In Christ, I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
- In Christ, I have been brought near to God. (Ephesians 2:13)
- In Christ, I will acquire my full inheritance. (1 Peter 1:3–5)
- In Christ, I am God’s “masterpiece” created for good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
- In Christ, I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3)
- Through Christ, I can do all things through His strength. (Philippians 4:13)
- In Christ, I am a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
- In Christ, I am never alone because God will never leave me nor forsake me. (Joshua 1:5; Matthew 28:20)
- In Christ, I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18)
- In Christ, I can come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. (Hebrews 4:16)
- In Christ, I have been set free. (Galatians 5:1)
- In Christ, I am free from sin. (Rom. 6:20–22)
- In Christ, I am God’s treasured possession. (1 Peter 2:9; Deuteronomy 14:2)
- In Christ, I am adopted into the family of God. (Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:14–16)
- I am precious to God. (Isaiah 43:4a)
- I am a co-heir with Christ. (Romans 8:17a)
- I am wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14a)
One more thing
Remember, God’s Kingdom is not of this world. It does not operate with the same values and principles as the world does. This includes God’s love and approval of you. Just as with Jesus, you are loved, cherished, and celebrated by your Heavenly Father solely upon your identity as a child of God.
I hope you fulfill the wonderful works that God has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10). I pray you walk in the plans and future God has for you (Jeremiah 29:11). I hope that you impact the world for the glory of God by making disciples of all people groups (Matthew 28:18-20).
Nevertheless, you fulfilling any of those things to any degree does not determine your identity nor the level of God’s love and approval of you. May you clearly and undeniably hear the words of your Heavenly Father speaking to you, “You are my beloved child, I am so pleased with you. You bring me joy.”
God’s love and approval for you are never based on your performance; they are entirely based on who you are in Christ. You must become rooted in the truth that God loves you just as you are and not as you should be!