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Identity in Christ

Greg and Susan Williams
Greg and Susan Williams

Dear GCI Family and Friends,

The New Testament uses a variety of terms to express our transformed life in Jesus. Jesus talks to Nicodemus about being “born again” or “born from above.” Paul tells the Colossian church that it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27 ESV). Paul describes this life in Jesus in several ways. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) he declares, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” Being “joined to the Lord” is another phrase that the apostle Paul uses.

Being in Christ gives us a new life and a new identity; we leave behind former ways of behaving and self-identifying. We are now becoming the people we were initially created to be—people in Christ, bearing the image of God, no longer bearing a false or broken image.

The apostle Paul provides a sample list of these types of former behaviors. Not so much as a “checklist,” but as a reminder of the ungodly, unrighteous activity we leave behind. After all, grace teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness (Titus 2:12).

In Paul’s letter to Corinth, he said:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV)

And the key to Paul’s point is found in the next verse:

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV)

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4 thoughts on “Identity in Christ”

  1. Thank you for the reminder of what it was like before God brought me to his Son, Jesus Christ. My thinking was corrupted by selfishness, fearfulness, loneliness and shame. I was spiritually blind unable to receive God’s love. Today I live to please Jesus and share with the lonely that there is plenty of room in Jesus, the Father’s House. A few have considered, “Since God loves Ken, maybe he will love me!”

  2. „We may not be able to discern what God wants each person to be or do, especially those who are handicapped or whose lives are cut off prematurely. But the imaging idea informs all of biblical ethics. It also describes our Christian lives: we are to image Jesus, who is the ultimate imager of God (Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:49; 2 Cor. 3:18)“. Source: INSIGHTS ON MASTERING BIBLE DOCTRINE (pp. 137-138)-MICHAEL S. HEISER

  3. Thanks Greg for pointing us to our Oneness In Christ even as He and His Father are One. Through this One we are all made Righteous, Holy, and Without Blame. He is Our New Creation, but we see dimly and know in part, and are not yet fully aware of Him, but that which He does Reveal by the faith of Him in us we can now live in Him!

  4. We lived a number of years living in “Parable Country” surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, sheep…the overwhelming takeaway was that the more we understand and rest in HIS identity the more clearly we see our own and others. It reminded us of the Eph.5.22 statement. Our children used to say “ no good trying to get a different answer” from one of us….we agreed on the issues. As we are HIS bride, the more clearly we grasp HIS identity the more our own in Him reflects that substance to others?

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