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Our True Identity in Christ

A sentimental trip to Missouri this month. The last trip we took a year ago was in the middle of document-writing and ominous email-receiving communicating “some concerns.”

We had no idea what was ahead for us back then. Something was looming, but we didn’t know enough for certain to burden our Missouri family with the details. On my sister-in-law’s fridge we found two lists that nailed it — the entire message of Grace and the Gospel. Grant took one list for his blog today, and the other one follows here. They were a comfort and an affirmation to find way back when, and they are still a sweet reminder to see how God has carried us through this remarkable and scary year.

My True Identity in Christ

  • You are justified and redeemed (already)–Romans 3:24
  • Your old self was killed (crucified)–Romans 6:6
  • You are not condemned. (My performance is condemned when I don’t trust in His life through me, but God does not condemn the performer, just the performance.)–Romans 8:1
  • You are free from the law of sin and death–Romans 8:2
  • You are accepted. (All my life I’ve sought to be accepted. Now I am!)–Romans 15:7
  • You are sanctified (holy, set apart)–I Corinthians 1:2
  • You have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption. (I am ransomed–restored to favor)–I Corinthians 1:2
  • You are always led in His triumph (whether it appears so or not)–II Corinthians 2:14
  • Your hardened mind has been removed–II Corinthians 3:14
  • You are a new creature. (Even though I don’t always feel or act like it.)–II Corinthians 5:17
  • You are the righteousness of God. (You can’t get more righteous than this.)–II Corinthians 5:21
  • You are liberated–Galatians 2:4
  • You are joined with all believers (not inferior to anyone)–Galatians 3:28
  • You are a child and an heir–Galatians 4:7
  • You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Heaven–Ephesians 1:3
  • You are chosen, holy, and blameless before God–Ephesians 1:4
  • You are redeemed, forgiven–Ephesians 1:7
  • You have obtained an inheritance–Ephesians
  • You are sealed with the Spirit. (Imagine the real you sealed up in the envelope of God Himself.)–Ephesians 1:13
  • You are alive (formerly a dead spirit)–Ephesians 2:5
  • You are seated in Heaven (already)–Ephesians 2:6
  • You are created for good performance. (And I can let Christ live through me to perform it.)–Ephesians 2:10
  • You have been brought near to God–Ephesians 2:13
  • You are a partaker of the promise–Ephesians 3:6
  • You have boldness and confident access to God (not slinking as a ‘whipped dog’)–Ephesians 3:12
  • You were formerly darkness, but are now light–Ephesians 5:8
  • You are a member of His body (not inferior to other members)–Ephesians 5:30
  • Your heart and mind are guarded by the peace of God. (Peace is knowing something, not always feeling it.)–Philippians 4:7
  • You have all your needs (not greeds) supplied–Philippians 4:19
  • You are complete (perfect)–Colossians 2:10
  • You are raised up with Him–Colossians 3:1
  • Your life is hidden with Christ in God–Colossians 3:3

2 thoughts on “Our True Identity in Christ

  1. Thanks for reminding me of who and what I am in Christ. Now, by His grace, I need to live like what I am.

  2. Yes, that speaks so much truth, but I have spent the last 36 years living and believing the lies posted on Grant’s site. How in the world do I start living the truth and making such a radical change? I’m stumped.

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