If you’ve experienced salvation in Jesus Christ here’s a partial list of what Scripture tells us
This is our new identity in Christ:
- I am loved. 1 John 3:3
- I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
- I am a child of God. John 1:12
- I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
- I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
- I am united with God and one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
- I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
- I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
- I am a Saint. Ephesians 1:1
- I am justified Romans 5:1
- I am sanctified 2 Thessalonians 5:23
- I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14
- I am complete in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:10
- I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
- I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
- I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21
- I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
- I am God’s co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
- I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6
- I have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
- I am chosen to bear fruit John. 15:16
- I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5
I would venture a guess that most Christians don’t spend much time at all thinking about all the wonderful traits in this list that constitute our new identity in Christ. Just saying. The list makes a nice read. But don’t you tell yourself you’ve got more important things to think about?
Are you a typical Christian? Do you believe Jesus was crucified on the cross and paid for the sins of the world, was buried and was risen on the third day, and after appearing to some 500 witnesses rose to sit at the right hand of God the Father. You go to church, you read the Bible and pray occasionally, and play on the church softball team in the Spring. You’re positive you’re going to heaven and your brother-in-law is going to hell because he doesn’t believe in God. Does that about sum up your spiritual life–you’re Christian experience? Can you claim your identity in Christ–your typical Christianity?
What about some of those attributes like “justified” and “righteous” and “sanctified”? Do you know what those terms mean? Does it matter to you? Do you even care that you’re all three of them and they are integral parts of your true identity in Christ.
JUSTIFIED–You become justified, made right with God, the moment you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He takes all your sin, past, present an future, all your guilt and shame in the trespasses column of your life and marks it all PAID IN FULL. Everything is paid for. It is nothing you do. It’s what Jesus did for you by choosing to be crucified on the cross.
RIGHTEOUS–At the moment God makes you justified He deposits Christ’s righteousness in your account . He gives it to you. It’s His gift to you. You don’t do anything to earn it. You can’t do anything to change it. So now when God looks at you he sees you as holy and pure through the righteousness of Jesus, which you have also.
SANCTIFICATION–Now that you are justified and wrapped in Christ’s righteousness God begins our sanctification–a life-long process God uses to transform our hearts and lives into Christlikeness.
Think about it. Won’t it make a huge difference in the way you live your life today if you intentionally think of yourself as justified, righteous, sanctified and transformed daily into Christlikeness?
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