What does the Bible say about our identity in Christ and why is it so important?
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB
Once we place faith in Christ we are made new and given a new identity. If we want to walk according to this new character it’s important that we understand it.
- What is spiritual identity?
- What is our identity in Christ?
- Why is it important to find your identity in Christ?
These are all very important questions! Keep reading to learn more about what the Bible says about who you are in Christ.
What Is Our Spiritual Identity?
Our spiritual identity is who God made us to be in Christ. The Bible says that once we place our faith in Jesus and given the indwelling Holy Spirit that we are also given a new identity.
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:4 NASB
We have been made new! However, while we are on this earth we still have to wrestle with our old nature. This old nature wages war against the new in an attempt to make us forget who we have been transformed into.
For the desire of the flesh is against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, in order to keep you from doing whatever you want. – Galatians 5:17 NASB
This is why we must continue to renew our minds with the truth of God’s Word.
do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… – Romans 12:2
What the Bible Say About Your Identity in Christ
If you saw the movie Overcomer (I totally recommend it), you may remember when Principle Brooks (Priscilla Shirer) asked Hannah to read Ephesians 1-2 and write down everything these scriptures said she was.
Let’s do something similar. Let’s make our own identity in Christ list based on what we read in Ephesians chapter 1.
Our Identity in Christ According to Ephesians
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, with which He favored us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our wrongdoings, according to the riches of His grace… In Him we also have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things in accordance with the plan of His will – Ephesians 1:4-7, 11 NASB (see context)
- You are holy and blameless
- You are adopted as His children
- You are forgiven
- You are fellow heirs with Christ
More Bible Verses About Our Identity in Christ
There are so many passages of scripture that speak of this new life God has given us. Here are just a few more identity in Christ Bible verses to study.
My challenge to you is to not simply gain theoretical knowledge of the Truth in these verses. Ask the Lord how you need to apply them to your life. Then walk in the revelation He gives you.
You are an ambassador
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20
You are a temple in which God dwells
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? – 1 Corinthians 3:16
You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by people.14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:13-14
You are a friend of Christ
I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
You are part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9-10
You are seated with Christ in heavenly places
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus – Ephesians 2:6
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Biblical Characters Who Struggled with Their Identity In Christ
If you struggle to realize and walk in your identity in Christ, don’t be discouraged. You are not alone. Since the garden, God’s people have struggled with identity.
If you think about it, this was part of Eve’s problem. Instead of embracing the identity God placed on her, she instead chose to listen to the lie that said she could become like God.
4 The serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:4-5 NASB
Judas was one of Jesus’ chosen disciples. He walked with him daily. I think his identity crisis was more in realizing Christ’s identity. He failed to recognize who Jesus was. If he had, I think what we read about him today would be much different.
If you read through 1 and 2 Corinthians you would see that this was a church of believers who struggled to continue in their identity in Christ.
- They had divisions among them – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
- They failed to mourn over and remove the sin from among them – 1 Corinthians 5:2
- They were yoking themselves to unbelievers – 2 Corinthians 6:1
My Identity in Christ Bible Study PDF
Use this free identity in Christ printable to remind yourself who God says you are.
Why It’s Important to Know Your Identity in Christ
Who we believe we are is directly tied to our actions. It’s important for us to remember who we were before Christ and who we have now become because of Christ.
And you were dead in your offenses and sins, 2 in which you previously walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience…But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our wrongdoings, made us alive together with Christ… – Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5