Last post I published here we took a look at in Christ if you missed it is a must to go back and read! I believe its safe to say that not only knowing where we stand with God in Christ is important, but who we are in Christ is crucial to our walk! Do you truly know and proclaim the person you have become because of what He has done? Charles Stanley has done a great job outlining who we are as people in Christ over the years. We are going to dissect 10 points through scripture to see exactly our person in Christ. That is to say who we are!
It is easy to get caught up in the world, especially when you are getting beat down and think that you are battling it alone. It is easy to forget what Christ has done for us. It is easy to get stuck in rut and feel like you have to charge your way through life. I pray this post reminds us all that our best friend has died for us and that through his resurrection we have also risen to new heights.
With out further a do lets remind ourselves who we are:
1. We are Saints! The NIV Bible dictionary/concordance defines a saint as one declared righteous by God! Think about that you are made right with God by God. Due to the work on the cross by Christ we are now able to approach the throne of God. In Christ we are all saints!
In 1 Corinthians 1:2 in The KJV Bible we see that Paul is writing to the church of God there, those "sanctified" in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.
2. We are a new creation! In Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis put it like this.
"For mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people everywhere and now and will, in the end, improve them to a degree we cannot yet image. God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature."
Paul lays it out that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has gone and the new is here. 2 Corinthians 5:17
3. We are God's workmanship. You may ask well what does that mean?
Paul tells us that we are created in Christ Jesus, to do good works. Works that he has already planned for us! Ephesians 2:10
The bible uses this language that God is the potter and we are the clay. In an effect he molds us into what we wants us to be.
This truth changes everything. The youth today are plagued with the struggle to find out who they are. The world says that we are here for selfish gains, but God has said that we are created by Him for Him. Trust that God has created you for a purpose that in Christ you can only fill.
To bring it home if you told me 5 years ago I would be blogging about Christ today I would have told you were crazy!
This single truth alleviates all stress and forces me to focus on what God has planned for my life.
4. We are being conformed into the image of Christ. In all that you do one of two things is happening you are either moving toward God or away from Him.
Romans 8:29 tells us that God has predestined some to be conformed in to the image of his son. This eludes me to believe that if we trust in Christ and follow Him he will transform us into his image. Both the new creation and his workmanship we talked about earlier.
In 2 Corinthians 3:18 he tells us again that we are being transformed into Christ's likeness.
(It is important to note that this transformation is by the Holy Spirit and not on our own accord.)
The transformation is a life long process, that I suspect will go on until we meet Him face to face. Knowing this should reassure us.
Let me explain.
We can now move from a place of why me when undesirable situations occur and start to ask the question what are you doing in me?
Remember that all things happen for the good of those who love God!
5. We are Ambassadors of Christ. Paul says "as though God were making his appeal through us." 2 Corinthians 5:20
Wikipedia.com defines ambassador as the highest ranking diplomat who represents a nation and is usually accredited to a foreign sovereign or government.
What we are being told is:
a. We are the highest ranking officials for Christ.
b. We represent Christ or we speak on His behalf.
c. We are in a foreign land. The world is foreign to us and it does not know the language we speak of repentance and reconciliation.
d. Christ has given us a purpose. That purpose is to spread the news of who He is and what He has done for man.
6. We are Kings and Priest. The NIV Bible dictionary/concordance defines a king as a sovereign ruler and a priest as a religious official.
1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are a chosen people a royal priesthood.
John tells us in Revelations 1:6 that in Christ we are made to be a kingdom and priests to serve God the Father.
Men can you honestly say you are leading your house hold like a King and Priest? If not what can we do to change it?
This insight on who we are gives us a place in this world and the world to come. We are royal priest, no matter what the world, our friends, our family, our coworkers say or how we feel. In Christ Jesus we are kings and priest.
7. We are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14-16 tells us that we are called to be the light of the world a city on a hill. We are told that our good works are to shine for all the world to see and those who see it will give glory to the Father for it.
The NIV Bible dictionary/concordance defines light as daytime, brightness, illumination; and exposure to the truth. I love that exposure to the truth!
A light like the truth pierces through darkness. Light is the symbol of hope. We are to bring the hope that we have in Christ to the world. We are not to hide it but to bring it out and let it shine!
Do your friends, family,neighbors, loved ones and peers view you as the light?
8. We are the salt of the earth. Dictionary.com states that salt is used for seasoning, preserving and as an element that gives liveliness.
Matthew 5:13 tells us we are the salt of the earth.
We are to season the earth with the message of Christ. We are called to preserve the message of Christ for our families and others. We are called to bring liveliness in a broken world through the message of Christ.
We need to honestly ask ourselves if we are approaching this world with the contrasting manner of salt and light.
9. We are chosen. The NIV Bible dictionary/concordance defines chosen as to be selected for a sovereign purpose.
In John 15:16 Christ tells us point-blank that we did not choose Him but that He chose us.
We should feel privileged and honored that the Lord of all creation decided to include us in on His purposes. This again implies that our lives are not for us but for Him.
10. We are the new temples of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The NIV Bible dictionary/concordance explains a temple as a structure that replaced the tabernacle as a place of worship and is a figurative for our bodies and Christ.
In John 16:5-10 Christ teaches us about the Holy Spirit. He is called the counselor and we are told he will guide us into truth. He will only tell us what he hears and of what is yet to come. He will make known to us all that belongs to Christ.
(Check out more on the Holy Spirit with Forgotten God by Francis Chan. This book really helped to find a crucial point of the Trinity!)
We know that we are temples of God and the Holy Spirit is in us because of 1Corinthians 3:17-18.
This changes everything. God no longer dwells in a temple made of rock and stone but in our hearts! Profess that right now 'The Spirit of God is with in Me!"
We can boldly come to the Father anytime because he dwells in us. Check out 1 Kings 6 and read about the temple in all its detail and specifications. Trust that He took more time, consideration, and intricacy in creating you!
To bring this all to full circle we are chosen ambassadors of Christ, saints made into new creations for His workmanship, always being formed into His image to be Kings and Priests, to bring the light to darkness and to season the earth! We are a holy temple of God in which the Holy Spirit dwells.
Charles Stanley has some great work to help you find out just who you are in Christ, for more on the Holy Spirit check out Forgotten God, and if you are struggling to understand this whole walk with Christ I advise you to pick up Mere Christianity. These are some tools that have helped shape my walk.
God bless and look forward to the next post when we will wrap up the series by taking a look at our possessions in Christ. That is what we have when we are in Him!
Now, let us all know who you are in Christ!
About the Author: Britt McCrimmon, follower of Christ, husband, father, blogger/founder of www.saltformation.com