Who I Am in Christ:
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8:16-17).
Do you know what God thinks about you? Do you truly know how great, how deep, and how wonderful His love for you is? You may be saved, but do you really understand what God has done for us in Jesus Christ? If you were to open up your Bible, and read through the New Testament – starting at the book of Romans – you would find a certain phrase used over and over again: “In Christ.” This expression, or variations of it (in Him, in Whom, in Jesus, etc) describe the inheritance that we have as children of God. It is vitally important for us to come to an understanding of what it means to be in Christ.
The New Testament is the Last Will and Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. When someone dies, they usually prepare a will, or their Last Will and Testament. In their will, they write out everything they want to leave to their family and friends. The New Testament is the Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ. If you haven’t read the New Testament, you don’t know about your inheritance – what God has done for you. Now let’s say a rich lady dies. She has left a will, leaving certain things to her four children, but only three of them show up for the reading of the will. She wrote out what she wanted to do with her possessions, including giving most of her fortune to her youngest son, Tim. But let’s say that Tim didn’t go to the funeral. He wasn’t there for the reading of the will. For the rest of his life, Tim had an inheritance of a million dollars, but because he never read the will, he didn’t know what was left to him. He never had an opportunity to enjoy that his inheritance. That was pretty foolish of Tim!
Here’s the point. Jesus Christ died, and when He died, He left a will that contained everything that He gave to us as God’s children. What is this inheritance that God has given to us? Read through the New Testament and look for all the times it uses the phrase “In Christ” – this is the inheritance God has given to you. It will blow your mind – you’ll be sitting there saying, “Wow! God really said that about me?” Yes! “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…” (1 John 3:1). Behold. This is one of my favourite words in the Bible. God wants us to behold, to see, to take a look at, the kind of awesome love that God has given to us – that we are called His children. Do you know what it means to be a child of God?
Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We renew our minds by reading God’s Word. The Bible changes our thinking and renews our minds. Paul says that Jesus makes us holy by the washing of the water of the word (Eph. 5:26). When you read your Bible, you’re renewing your mind. You’re washing out that old way of thinking so that the truth of God’s Word can get in. If you would start finding out who you are in Christ, and you would believe it, you would be transformed. If you only knew what your inheritance was that God has given to you! Read through the following list of affirmations of what the Bible says about Who I am in Christ. Renew your mind by meditating on these truths every day. This will help you in your relationship with God by helping you to “know and believe the love that God has for you.” You will never be the same again!
Pastor Chris Jordan