Your fingerprint is unique to you — it’s a physical mark of your identity. What about your personal identity? What defines who you are?
Imagine if the cross of Jesus Christ was the most dominant marking of your self-image? You’d know that you are so loved! You’d be so stable and confident! You’d be enthusiastically sharing the grace of the Lord with everyone you could!
Live in Christ
The Apostle Paul prayed for you “that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him” (Ephesians 3:17, NLT). He knew that receiving Christ into our heart-dwelling was the beginning of growing into God’s way of abundant living.
But Paul wanted us grow beyond receiving Christ in me. He showed us that Christ was welcoming us into his home, to live with him and in him, to live in his way and for his glory, to be a blessing to him and to other people in his name. We’re invited to live free in Christ!
In Christ is your true identity, your complete freedom to be who God has made and redeemed you to be! In Christ. That’s the key to your life! The Apostle Paul implores us to live our lives in Christ. He lives this way himself, boasting, “I glory in Christ” (Romans 5:17). In fact, in his epistles he encourages us to be “in Christ,” “in him,” or “in the Lord” 160 times!
That’s 160 identity in Christ verses in the Bible! Paul says it again and again and again. In Christ… In Christ… In Christ…
What does it mean to have your identity in Christ? It’s not just a matter of claiming Bible verses for yourself. To have your identity in Christ means that you’re placing your confidence for life and eternity in the Lord Jesus Christ. It means that you’re learning to do all that you do with and for Jesus. It means that you want other people to see Jesus when they look at you. To have your identity in Christ means that you are being formed more and more into the image of the Lord (Galatians 4:19).
Identity in Christ Bible Verses
What is your identity in Christ? What are some of the identity in Christ verses in the Bible? There are many aspects to how we can be formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Here is a list of some examples of the identity in Christ verses from Paul’s letters in the Bible. Here are of the great blessings of being in Christ, marked in your identity as Jesus’ disciple and friend:
The Bible teaches that for us who are In Christ...
There is no condemnation for us (Romans 8:1)
We can never be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:39)
We who are many form one body (Romans 12:5)
We have wisdom from God (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Our labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58)
We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We become God’s children (Galatians 3:26)
We have every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
We have the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7)
We were also chosen (Ephesians 1:11)
We are for the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:12)
We have been seated in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
We’ve been given the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:7)
We who were once far away have been brought near (Ephesians 2:13)
We are built together as a holy building (Ephesians 2:22)
We may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
We are light (Ephesians 5:8)
Our joy overflows (Philippians 1:26)
All our needs are met according to his glorious riches (Philippians 4:19)
We are holy and faithful (Colossians 1:2)
All things hold together (Colossians 1:17)
We have our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)
We become fully mature (Colossians 1:28)
Are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge for us (Colossians 2:3)
We are rooted and built up (Colossians 2:7)
We have been given the fullness of the deity (Colossians 2:9-10)
We come into reality (Colossians 2:17)
Our life is now hidden (Colossians 3:3)
We will rise from the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
We can give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
We have faith, hope, and love (1Timothy 1:1, 14)
We can gain an excellent standing and great assurance (1 Timothy 3:13)
We have the promise of life (2 Timothy 1:1)
How do you feel when you read this list? Which in Christ identifications do you most need to take hold of in your heart?
If your identity is hurting, if you feel bad about yourself in any way, “A New Name from God will Free you of Shame” offers encouragement. Also, it’s important to talk with a safe soul friend and pray about this together.
If you’re a parent or grandparent you may want to read “Your Child’s Identity in Christ.”