Who We Are in Christ

 Photo: Christ Resurrected 32, Waiting for the Word, Flickr, Creative Commons

Photo: Christ Resurrected 32, Waiting for the Word, Flickr, Creative Commons

Understanding who we are in Christ is critical to having healthy relationships, whether dating or otherwise. An excellent book on this topic is Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ by Neil T. Anderson.

He described three core needs everyone has and how they are met when we find our identity in Christ: we are accepted, secure, and significant. Here is a list of biblical truths that describe these three incredible promises from God.

I am Accepted

  • I am God's child - "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)
  • I am Christ's friend - "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." (John 15:15)
  • I have been justified - "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)
  • I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him - "But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit." (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  • I have been bought with a price. I belong to God - "You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  • I am a member of Christ's Body - "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • I am a saint - "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 1:1)
  • I have been adopted as God's child - "He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will." (Ephesians 1:5)
  • I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit - "For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit." (Ephesians 2:18)
  • I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins - "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins .” (Colossians 1:13-14)
  • I am complete in Christ - "And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority." (Colossians 2:10)

I am Secure

  • I am free from any condemning charges against me - "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died —more than that, who was raised to life —is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us .” (Romans 8:31-34)
  • I cannot be separated from the love of God - "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35-39)
  • I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God - "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
  • I am a citizen of heaven - "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." (Philippians 3:20)
  • I am hidden with Christ in God - "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:3)
  • I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind - "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • I can find grace and mercy in my time of need - "Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
  • I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me - "We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them .” (1 John 5:18)

I am Significant

  • I am a personal witness of Christ - "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
  • I am God's temple - "Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? " (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  • I am a minister of reconciliation for God - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God .” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
  • I am God’s co-worker - "As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain." (2 Corinthians 6:1)
  • I am seated with Charts in the heavenly realm - "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:6)
  • I am God's workmanship - "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)
  • I may approach God with freedom and confidence - "In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence .” (Ephesians 3:12)
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - "I can do all this through him who gives me strength .” (Philippians 4:13)