Key Verse: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1
Who am I? Who are we? These are common questions relating to identity, and belonging faced by many. The majority of people in the world today are suffering from an identity crisis. Many people carry around the labels of divorced, bankrupt, bipolar, abused, immigrant and disabled as their key identity. Others may be proud and label themselves as rich, powerful, moral or important. Yet each of these, fail to describe our true identity.
There is no question that the legacy of Jesus’ life on earth was extraordinary. There have been more songs and books written about Him than anyone else who has ever lived. He inspired the world of art, changed our civil laws, and literally divided time. In most parts of the world, we refer to the year using the terms, B.C. meaning “before Christ” and A.D. the Latin phrase “anno domini” meaning “in the year of our Lord.”
In the same way, as Jesus split time, our lives as believers can be divided into “before Christ” and “In Christ.” The term “in Christ,” “in the Lord,” and “in him” are found 164 times in the letters of Paul alone, and are vital to understanding our new identity. Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Paul was writing to the church saying; you need to understand, you are not who you once were, you have new life in Christ. It’s no longer you who live, but Christ who lives in you! When we fully grasp our identity in Christ, it changes the way we think and live. Until we understand our identity in Christ, we will keep on living far below our rights and privileges in Him.
For the month of February, our devotions will be looking at who we are in Christ; I really hope you can join me as we learn together.