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Discovering Your Identity in Christ

I have good news for you! You are who God says you are. You don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else any longer. So, as you look in the mirror, smile back at yourself as you are reminded that you are custom made by God Himself! Today we’re studying about finding your identity in Christ as we look at ten Bible verses about identity.

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Before we dig in, let’s think about heaven for a few minutes.

Did you know that there is a book in Father God’s vast library that has your name on it?

Had you ever thought that Father God has a library? Can you imagine the rows and rows of bookshelves? I think about the local libraries I have visited over the years and I can’t even imagine how big our Father’s library is! Can you?

The section of books that we will look at today on our Father’s bookshelves are the books that have our names on them or in them.

For instance, if you look over here, you’ll find my book — Cindy’s Destiny. God wrote it a very long time ago. In fact, it was written before the very foundation of the earth. And look, there is a book with your name on it too. Both of our books will tell us about our identity in Christ and will help us to live out our destiny.

Your Unique Identity in Christ

You are unique. I am unique, and yet we tend to compare ourselves to others. We don’t like what we see in the mirror. Sometimes we don’t like how we act or how we laugh or the size of our hands but our identity is so much more than these things. For the child of God, our identity is based on how God designed us and the plan He has for each of us.

If you have studied with me before then you’ll know that I prefer to point you to the Scriptures rather than me tell you what I think it says. This way, you learn for yourself what the Bible says on any given topic.

For now, let’s turn the pages in the Bible to Ephesians 1:1-23. We are going to look at some identity verses in this chapter as well as a few in Colossians. Paul taught us who we are and that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ. And that’s because God chose us in Christ Jesus from before the foundation of the world. Every time I read that, I’m grateful that God chose me first.

I know two things that are in my book,

  1. that I should walk holy and blameless before Him, and,
  2. I am adopted into God’s family through Jesus Christ.

And yet, there is so much more planned for me if I follow God’s plan for my life. And, if I’m being real, I won’t be living a fake life believing something that isn’t true about myself. Here, this post, Exposing the Fake You to Reveal Who You Are in Christ will help explain this in detail.

God is writing my book, even now, and He’s writing your book, too.

Psalm 139:16 says that God saw me before I was formed and wrote all about me in His book. Everything that He ordained for me was written before I was even born. Not just for me, but for you, too!

This post, the Top 10 Bible Verses about Your Destiny will beautifully round out what you’re reading here today.

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10 Bible Verses About Your Identity in Christ

Let’s take a closer look at these Bible verses about identity that reveal who you and I are.

Both Ephesians and Colossians are chock full of our identity in Christ. This is my destiny, and yours too. Particularly notice the phrases “in Whom”, “in Him”, “by Him”. Circle these words so they stand out in your Bible.

These are the identity verses of who you are in Him.

Scriptures about Knowing Who You Are in Christ

(key phrases emphasized)

  1. I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
  2. He chose me in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4
  3. In love, he predestined me for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:5
  4. In him, I was also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-12
  5. God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7
  6. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Ephesians 2:18
  7. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
  8. Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7
  9. For in him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in himyou have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority. Colossians 2:9-10
  10. If you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

Write Out Your Own Verses

Doesn’t that just excite you, to read about your position in Christ? Discover more in Ephesians and Colossians as there are so many more verses that identify you. Did you use a coloured pencil to mark in your Bible “in Whom”, “in Him”, “by Him”?

To get the most benefit of soaking in these verses, you are welcome to use these free journal pages to write out these verses. Many of the members in my online Bible Study group love writing out the Scriptures and find great value in it. I thought you might like it, too!

You are who He says you are!

Your Identity is also in the Book of Life

This is a very important book, the Book of Life. Our names are not on the cover but if you are a child of God, your name is within its pages.

Check these verses out:

May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous. Psalm 69:28. This is about David talking to God about his adversaries, that they be blotted from the book of life. You’ll have to read this whole chapter in context to interpret it accurately.

Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:3

He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Revelation 3:5

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. Revelation 13:8

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. Revelation 17:8

More Verses about the Book of Life

Read this carefully and note the plural on “book”… Revelation 20:12  And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:27

and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. Revelation 22:1

Why do we need to know these verses about this particular book? How does it connect to your identity in Christ?

Well, the Book of Life is concerning your eternal destination. The destination of heaven versus the destination of the lake of fire. Your identity in Christ is who you are as a child of God. Are you are in Christ? Then you are connected to the Book of Life and your name should be in this book.

Once you are secure in your identity in Christ, then the next step is for you to fully understand your spiritual authority. You can read about it in this post, What is the Believer’s Spiritual Authority? It will teach you what it is, when and how to use it.

Wrapping Up Your Identity in Christ

Well, there you have it, ten Bible verses about your identity in Christ. The Bible mentions many other books in God’s library but today, we looked at only two of them, your book and the most important book, the Book of Life.

Which of the 10 verses was like a light-bulb moment for you? When I first studied this a few years ago, my light-bulb moment was #2.

I welcome your comments, below!

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6 thoughts on “Discovering Your Identity in Christ

  1. Very good point. Failure to understand this teaching can cause folks to seek “another’s fire”, We are all called for a specific purpose. Envy and jealousy comes from those who think they should operate the same as others. I am called to be a teacher and leader, but I don’t even sing in the shower. My wife has the gift of song. Does that make me less effective in the Ministry because I don’t sing? Some people only think that Ministry has to be a pulpit/stage one to count. But the faithful usher, or one who serves in the Ministry of helps, is just as important. Those who support a missionary financially, gets the same reward as those who go. This is a principle set forth by Moses, and also practiced by David. Our worth should not be determined by someone else, but only by God.

    • Cindy

      Amen, Chris! Comparison is an evil tactic from the enemy to take our eyes off Christ and put them on self. We each have a ministry in the Body of Christ and we are all equally valuable. Thank you for this excellent comment. It is a great reminder of who we are in Christ!

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