Our Identity in Christ

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. “  (2 Cor 5:17)

How often has it happened to you that you were identified by something other than your name? Nobody likes a mistaken identity, we like to be known by our name and who we are. The flip side is true, have you ever called someone by the wrong name? How did you feel’? Probably embarrassed, it is never fun to be the one who calls someone the wrong name, it makes us look like we do not know the person we are attempting to talk to.  Our Christian lives are no different. Jesus made some big statements in the sermon on the mount, some of the things he said concerning our lives is that Christians are both the “salt of the earth”, and the “light of the world” (Matt 5:13-14). We have a tendency at times to be identified as everything under the sun, we can be identified as athletes, and business people, and parents, but God wants each of us to be identified as Christians. Christians are different

A Christians identity comes in Christ, Paul said that “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). Those who are Christians have been “buried with Christ” (Rom 6:3), and our lives are “hid in Christ in God” (Col 3:3). We are also reminded that those who are “baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal 3:27), the text could literally say that we are “clothed in Christ”, the concept is clear, that as Christians, our identity is to be in Christ.

The benefits of being in Christ are definitely ours, God has promised that only those who are “in Christ” will be saved (Matt 16:16), God has promised that all spiritual blessing are only “in Christ” (Eph 1:3). There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God which is “in Christ” (Romans 8:39), eternal life is found “in Christ” (Rom 6:23), our redemption is “in Christ” (Rom 3:24), and God has promised there is no condemnation to those who are “in Christ” (Rom 8:1).

The question remains, where is your identity, it is entirely possible that we can identify ourselves with a number of things that are good and wholesome, but God promises that only those who are “in Christ” whose names are “written in the Lambs book of life” will be saved, and those who are “in Christ” will be different from the world, Paul says that “all things have become new” (2 Cor 5:17) and all Christians are to consistently display the mind of Christ in all we do (Phil 2:5).

Ande Z