Our Identity in Christ – Scriptures Explained
The born again journey gives us the ability to mold our identity in Christ through making the right choices representing our new self.
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Psalm 129:13-14
No two souls on this earth are exactly the same. Each and every one of us was uniquely created by God and destined for a journey unlike any other. But along this journey we can find ourselves struggling to find who we are. We know that we have a unique identity and purpose, but what defines those things? Is identity something that can be changed by the world we live in, or is it something that we can be confident in?
This identity crisis is one that everyone faces at some point or another. However, as followers of Christ, we do not have to let it overtake us. We can be confident that our identity in Christ is one that cannot be shaken. No matter what we may face in this life, who we truly are in Christ cannot be taken away from us. Because we do not get our identity from the world, but from our Creator. The identity we had before Christ was one of sin and shame; we were marked by our rebellion toward God from birth. But over and over again in scripture, we see that when Jesus saves us, He doesn’t just forgive us – He changes us.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” When we come to Christ, he takes away our old self – an identity of corruption – and gives us a brand new one by His grace. How awesome is it that we don’t have to be defined by the mistakes we have made? The person we have been does not have to be the person we will always be. We have a clean slate, because of what Christ has done on our behalf. We can be free. We can start over.
Now, that doesn’t mean that we are somehow perfect or completely infallible; it simply means that we now recognize our sin and are drawn to repentance. Every day, we must decide for ourselves whether we want to fall back into our old habits or live in the grace of God. If we are truly saved, we will desire to follow the path of righteousness; we will desire to pursue God’s purpose for our lives. After all, what is an identity without purpose? Personal growth is something that even nonbelievers strive toward in life; yet for them, there is a limit. They can only push themselves so far before they come to the end of their human selves. Our identities in Christ are limitless. Because of how great He is, we can continue to grow and conform to His image each and every day.