By Jeremy Oddy
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I encourage you to ask that question right now. What answers do you come up with? Do the answers encourage or discourage you? Do your answers promote humility or pride? Do your answers describe what you do instead of who you are? If you are a Christian, I would like to provide some answers to that question: “Who am I?” Thanks to wonderful, proven, godly authors, I will be relying on the wisdom of Jerry Bridges from his newest book that I’m currently reading, Who Am I? Identity in Christ. Below is a list of answers from his book that describes who a Christian is; therefore, who you are, if you are indeed in Christ.
- I am a creature, created in the image of God, fully dependent on him and fully accountable to him.
- By the work of God, I am no longer in Adam: I am in Christ, through a union that is both living and representative.
- I am justified, I am righteous before God, because God has charged my sin to Christ and credited to me his perfect righteousness.
- I am an adopted son, or daughter, of God. I’m a child of the King. I have the privilege in this life of an intimate father-child relationship with him, and I look forward with expectant hope to an eternal inheritance that is far more glorious than anything I can imagine.
- I am a new creation, with a new heart, a new spirit, and a new identity before God. Having been delivered from the dominion of sin and united to Christ, I am always able to resist temptation. When I do sin, I am always welcome at the cross, for all my sins have been forgiven in Jesus.
- I am a saint: I do not belong to myself, but to God. I have been purchased and declared holy by God, and set apart for God. Thus, God is ever at work to cause me to grow in spiritual maturity, a process in which he calls me to cooperate, in every way, out of gratitude for his mercy.
- I am a servant of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, I serve him by serving others in the particular role or roles to which, in his providential wisdom, he has called me.
- In this life I am and always will be imperfect, a saved sinner, seeking to grow in holiness and relating to God on the basis of grace that is mine because I am…in Christ!
As you can see, the answers to the question “Who am I?” have nothing to do with our achievements, our failures, or the evaluation of others, but only in Christ alone. To conclude, let’s hear from Bridges one more time. He writes, “For every look in your daily experience, take two looks at who you are in Christ.”