Discovering our identity in Christ is such a life transforming and important thing to grasp! Above all other identities, our identity in Christ is the most important one because there are so many benefits to being confident in Christ such as:
- More boldness
- Peace and Joy
- Increased faith, and much more
As I’m ever learning and developing in the knowledge of who I am in Christ, I’ve learned that having a glimpse of this revelation in our hearts helps us heal from things like low self-esteem, trying to fit in, and even trying to earn our way to approval through various external achievements. These were all things that the Lord had to heal me from so that I could grow more into being the daughter of God He called me to be.
Placing my worth and value in external things like my education, how I looked, and even money or people’s opinions caused me to have a shifting confidence. As I learn and believe who God says I am, more confidence is a natural side effect!
I want everyone to get a hold of this life transforming truth! I’m excited about helping others, especially women, learn about their identities in Christ! There is so much freedom in learning about the word of God, and this article is an overview of what it means to have this awareness in Him.
You can find a list of identity in Christ scriptures here.
What is Your Identity in Christ?
You are saved and have eternal life
If nothing else this is the point to get! Accepting the love of Jesus into our hearts and confessing it out of our mouths from an authentic and sincere place causes us to be saved! But what are we saved from? We are saved from the eternal damnation that has unfortunately been allowed for those that don’t choose to live their lives for Christ. We are saved from the wrath to come.
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36 NASB
Not only are we saved, but with that comes eternal life! We’re going to live forever, literally. Every effect of death and sin is no longer ours to deal with. Sometimes we may accept things like lack financially, or the common cold, or not being able to control our emotions, but Jesus paid the price for all of those effects of sin. We don’t have to accept it because Christ is the living water that never runs dry. We can drink from Him for whatever the issue may be. This is eternal life, and we have it now!
You are a daughter of God
Giving your life to Christ means that you’ve been adopted into His family!
“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:7 NASB
Being a part of the family of God gives us access to the rights and privileges of being a daughter of God. To picture this, I have this mental image of a king sitting on a throne. A slave or beggar mentality causes you to approach the throne as someone who is severely out of place and beholden to the sheer mercy of the king.
On the opposite end, I imagine if I was that king’s daughter. I would respectfully approach the throne and speak with him from my relationship as his daughter. We have a special bond because I’m his daughter and not the slave that doesn’t.
When we give our lives to Christ, we can approach the throne of grace boldly (Hebrews 4:16) because we have been reconciled to Him. We have access to all the special rights and promises that come with being daughters of a king!
If you know your identity in christ You Are A New Creation
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB1995
One of the things Jesus did for us on the cross was that He washed away all of our sins. We now have a totally new nature because we’ve been reconciled to God! Because of that, we can choose to live according to that new nature in Christ!
All of our past and fleshly selves have been forgotten because our lives are hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:3). We will glorify God by living a life according to God’s will and desires!
You Are Blessed
“God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28 NASB
In the beginning God made Adam and Eve. He blessed them, and told them to be fruitful and multiply and he even gave them dominion over everything. When they disobeyed, the curse was allowed and fell on mankind (Genesis 3:14-19) because of sin. Part of that curse included multiplied pain in childbirth (Genesis 3:16) and toiling for a living (Genesis 3:17). Unfortunately we see the effects of this to this day, apart from Jesus Christ.
The wonderful thing about Jesus was that when He died and rose again, He freed us from the power of sin (Romans 6:6). The curse no longer has power over us. This act meant everything for us as His daughters because we now are able to live a life for Him. In our continual walk with Him, He leads us into all truth (John 16:13). The truth says that I am blessed, and walking toward more blessing! I’m connected to living water that doesn’t run dry. I have been given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). This is now our reality with an identity in Christ, and God wants us to walk in this blessed place.
You walk in the Spirit with your identity in Christ
“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:24-25 NASB
Since Christ died for us and through His blood became the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2), we can be obedient to Him. We can walk after the Spirit and not the flesh. This causes us to meet the righteous requirement of the law! How liberating is that?!
Walking in the Spirit is so freeing because it gives us perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). It allows us to keep growing toward being like Christ. It allows us to grow without being condemned for messing up along the journey! Lastly, walking in the Spirit will lead us into all the wonderful promises of God like:
- Prosperity in all areas of life
- Answered prayers
- Blessed kids
- Assurance in the day of judgement
We are all still works in progress, but it’s just a matter of making up our minds to do what God’s word says to do.
So you might ask, how can I walk in the Spirit? Make sure you check out this post to hear more about that!
You depend on God’s grace
As God’s daughters we no longer have to depend on our own strength to accomplish things or to be what God has called us to. We depend on the grace of God. That grace has appeared to us and it teaches us how to deny our former ungodly selves. It teaches us to live like God wants us to (Titus 2:11-12).
Like I mentioned earlier, I used to look at external things to define me. By looking at that stuff (grades, money, looks, material things, etc.) I was defined by those things. My identity was there so I was allowed to be shaken by those things. The grace of God came to teach me how to only look at Him to define my worth. The grace of God helped me have strategies to keep peace and joy despite other things that changed. Get strategies for keeping godly peace and joy in my latest ebook.
Sometimes that grace may appear in your life through a trial. Sometimes it will come through the teaching that you receive from your pastor. All of those things work together to help you walk more on the path of righteousness.
Your Identity in Christ means You do good deeds
“Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” Titus 2:14 NASB
Along the same lines as the other points, knowing your identity in Christ means we live for Him. We have to make the conscious decision to make everything that we do be for the love of God and for the love of people (Matthew 22:34-40). Everything we do should be in line with the will of God!
From how we choose to treat people to how we raise our kids, all of it matters. Our deeds that we do are the only things that will follow us and we will receive reward based on that (Romans 2:6). We should make our lives count! By God’s grace and love we can do our best to live our lives totally for Him!
As you can see this identity in Christ is all wrapped up in the fact that Christ died for our sins and rose again into eternal life! Because of Him, we live. It’s so refreshing.
Having this awareness is more than something that we do on Sundays. It’s not just limited to certain groups of people. An understanding that our identity comes from God gives you the power we need to break free from all worldly limitations.
As we grow from level to level in this understanding, this revelation offered through God’s word will cause us to take the dominion that God has called us to have here on Earth. It will allow us to be the fullest of the daughters of God we were called to be.
To study more about your identity in Christ refer to this topical bible resource.