Identity is what defines who you really are. It influences how you think, view, and feel about yourself – then how you act (actions flow out from who we perceive ourselves to be). Identity can only come from ones origin and every Christian has two origins: our natural birth described in Scripture as being “in Adam;” spiritual birth described in Scripture as being “in Christ.” A big part of our spiritual warfare as Christians is by faith accepting who God’s Word says we are “in Christ” versus what past experiences, people’s opinions, and what our own feelings try to tell us we are 2 Corinthians 5:17.
God’s grace makes us who we are in Christ 1 Corinthians 15:10. This identity in Christ of who we are is to influence what we do. The order of grace is not “Do in order to Be” but “Because this is Who you really are, now Do.” This is a major emphasis in the N.T. letters (epistles) written to believers for holy living and overcoming occasional or habitual sin (Romans 6). Wrong behavior should make us realize that we are believing lies about our identity.
Our identity (who we really are) influences how we think, view, and feel about ourselves. This is so important to our spiritual well being that the N.T. is full of verses that declare our new identity in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17. False basis’ of identity is to base our identity on:
- What life’s experiences say we are.
- What people say we are.
- What our feelings say we are.
We are to get our identity from what God says we are and renew our minds to it until our belief in it starts to determine our behavior instead of our behavior determining our belief about ourselves.