I am attending a conference today, but I have wanted to share this with you again. May God use these verses and these truths to make us more like Jesus.
Our True Identity “In Christ”
(Taken from Lifetime Guarantee By Bill Gillham, Pages 91-92)
You are justified and redeemed (already).
Rom 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
Your old self was killed (crucified).
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
You are not condemned. (My performance is condemned when I don’t trust in His life through me, but God does not condemn the performer, just the performance.)
Rom 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
You are free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
You are accepted. (All my life I’ve sought to be accepted. Now I am!)
Rom 15:7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
You are sanctified (holy, set apart).
1Co 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
You have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption ( I am ransomed – restored to favor).
1Co 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
You are always led in His triumph (whether it appears so or not)
2Co 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
Your hardened mind has been removed.
2Co 3:14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.
You are a new creature. (Even though I don’t always feel or act like it).
2Co 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
You are the righteousness of God. (You can’t get more righteous than this.)
2Co 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
You are liberated.
Gal 2:4 But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.
You are joined with all believers (not inferior to anyone).
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
You are a son and an heir.
Gal 4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in heaven.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
You are chosen , holy and blameless before God.
Eph 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
You are redeemed, forgiven.
Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
You have obtained an inheritance.
Eph 1:10-11 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
You are sealed with the Spirit. (Imagine the real you sealed up in the envelope of God Himself).
Eph 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
You are alive (formerly a dead spirit).
Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
You are seated in heaven (already).
Eph 2:6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
You are created for good performance. (And I can let Christ live through me to perform it).
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
You have been brought near to God.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
You are a partaker of the promise.
Eph 3:6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
You have boldness and confident access to God. (not slinking as a “whipped dog”).
Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.
You were formerly darkness, but are now light.
Eph 5:8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
You are a member of His body (not inferior to other members).
Eph 5:30 because we are members of His body.
Your heart and mind are guarded by the peace of God. (Peace is knowing something, not always feeling it).
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
You have all your needs (not greeds) supplied.
Php 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
You are complete (perfect).
Col 2:10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
You are raised up with Him.
Col 3:1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Col 3:3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
By applying these truths of God’s word our lives will be transformed. Don’t think it is you or words that changes you. It is God. He is in the business of changing us and using us to help others change too!