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7 Scriptures Explaining Our True Identity in Christ

Sep 25, 2019 |

What is our true identity in Christ? A significant portion of the New Testament is devoted to answering that question. In order to fully embrace our identity, we need to understand the extraordinary privileges and responsibilities associated with it. These seven key passages offer clear insight.

1. John 1:12 – You Are a Child of God

Receiving Jesus as Lord changes our relationship status with God. We become His children. He welcomes us into His presence as all loving parents welcome their children. He delights in us. He knows what’s ultimately best for us and steers us toward it. Knowing that we can approach Him as a child approaches his or her father gives us peace of mind, confidence, and hope.

2. John 15:5 – You Are Given Everything You Need

The fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—grows in our lives as apples grow on the branches of an apple tree. As appendages of the tree (or “vine”), we’re nourished by something greater than ourselves. Jesus’ work within us produces qualities and characteristics that draw people to us—and to Him.

3. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – You Are Uniquely Gifted

One of God’s most precious gifts to His children is His Holy Spirit. As the Apostle Paul explains it, when we choose to follow Christ, our bodies become temples in which the Holy Spirit dwells. From within, He performs His vital work of guiding us, convicting us of sin, helping us understand and apply God’s Word, and communicating our prayers to our Heavenly Father. We have the opportunity to bring glory to God in the way we care for our bodies—or temples. By taking care of ourselves, we glorify Him.

4. 1 Corinthians 12:27 – You Are Part of Something Important

Every follower of Christ is a part of His body. Together we accomplish His work in the world. Individually, each member of Christ’s body plays a key role in its effectiveness. If one body part fails to do its job, the entire body suffers. Our identity in Christ gives us extra incentive to complete the work He’s given us, using the talents and abilities He’s given us.

5. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – You Are a New Person

When we assume our identity in Christ, we don’t become improved versions of our old selves. We become something else entirely: a new creation. That means we’re no longer tied to the mistakes of our past. We no longer have to carry the guilt and shame of past offenses. We’re no longer slaves to old desires and habits. In God’s eyes, we’re pure and spotless.

6. Galatians 2:20 – You Are All In

Our identity in Christ results from our being all-in. We no longer have the freedom to take back the reins when it suits us. Our lives are His—not for better or worse, but for better and best.

7. Colossians 3:12 – You Are Jesus’ Representative

As members of God’s family, we’re understandably (and rightfully) held to a higher standard in the way we interact with others. We have an opportunity to give others a glimpse of Christ’s mercy, patience, and kindness. If we humbly point to Christ as the One who makes those qualities possible in our lives, we may help others find their own identity in Him.


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27 comments on “7 Scriptures Explaining Our True Identity in Christ

  1. Shawn M. Bivens Sr. says:

    Thank God for being made into a new image and being given a new mind in Christ, AMEN

    1. Zvinavashe says:

      Awesome . Thanks for the guidance .

  2. Maureen Herman says:

    Its very refreshing to be reminded of who you are in Christ.

  3. Mary A. Jaramillo Blecker says:

    I love to read this! It makes so much sense!
    Thank you

  4. Mary A. Jaramillo Blecker says:

    I am a child of GOD!!
    Thank you for the clear expansion and explanation of the word of GOD!!

  5. Esther Weathers says:

    new email

  6. Tshepo mahubane says:

    My eyes are open, thank u very much!

  7. Ben M. says:

    Thank God for newness. Makes living meaningful and lively. Blessings
    Ben M

  8. Hilda Geweldt says:

    I just love this, praise the Lord

    1. Greg Counts says:

      With respect to identity our brand spanking new spirit is at the top of the list for me. Knowing that the Holy Spirit birthed a new spirit which is the real me has been transformational in my thinking. Understanding that this part of me is the most enduring and durable part, that it is a partaker of the divine nature of God, and it is not tempted by sin or capable of sin, has given me a new perspective of who I am.

      I love this list, it’s vital to understanding who we are.

  9. Ojit Laitonjam says:

    Thank you Lord for the priviledge of being your child and your representative on this earth. Thank you Lord for your presence.

  10. Lilian Tsitsi Musa says:

    This just sums up everything for me.
    Our identity in Christ results from our being all-in. We no longer have the freedom to take back the reins when it suits us. Our lives are His—not for better or worse, but for better and best. Thank you for reminding us of the privileges we have as the children of the most high God.


    Very thoughtful

  12. Jennifer Plasky says:

    Thank you for giving me the clarification of the signs I have been given.

  13. Sahelu says:

    This is what the body of Christ should know in detail so that we can all live as true children of God on this earth to its fullest level. Christianity begins with 2 Cor. 5:17 (as a new creation), grows through 2 Cor. 9:8 (with increasing grace) and ends at Gel. 2:20 (Christ living in us).

  14. Dan E. says:

    For me, John 1:12 is what makes the Bible hard to follow, logically. Every one of us, believers and non-believers alike, are creations of God…and therefore children of God. I believe this verse actually refers to children, in Christ…meaning children who believe/receive Christ’s love for us. That is a different context that what is generally portrayed, which more gives the impression that only those who believe are children of God.

  15. Lo.Senitautau says:

    Thanks for the reminder. It really encouraged me.And it reminds me to encouge someone else, about his/ her identity in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen!!!

  16. Khanyisile Mokele says:

    Powerful, I cant wait to share this with others. God bless you.

  17. Denis Lobo says:

    I was astounded to see this book which will throw light with convincing notes on the Word of God. How can I have a copy of it.

  18. Ramiz Gilada says:

    Thank you for sharing… we simply can’t do without Him. He was, is, and always will be the source of our being as humans in His image. Our part is to honor this image at all times, empowered by the Holy Spirit. (You May find this Book of relevance “The Word: The Origin of Man”)

  19. Eckhardt says:

    With God as our Father I feel so safe and secure, knowing that He is always there and always guiding us in the right direction. Feels amazing to be part of the ultimate plan but also knowing that I Belong to Him and that I know what my responsibilities are.

  20. Mwan'nan Kefas Ngushit says:

    Praise GOD… It’s Remarkable reading your Insight…

  21. Joan Ellis says:

    This is wonderful. Thank you for posting this. Thank you Lord Jesus, for saving me.

  22. Ken says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  23. Frank L Copeland Sr says:

    As a representative of Christ, and knowing that now I am a new person, is a blessing and joyful. Thank you for allowing me to understand, “What my true identity in Christ curtails.”

  24. William H Smith Jr says:

    Thank you for this priceless information. It is a blessing, help, and clarifies what Jesus has and is doing in my life. Thank you!

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