Our nature as humans is self-consumed. We really strain and spend a lot of time seeking approval from others. We even go ahead to incorporate people’s perspectives in our lives, which end up shaping us. Therefore, we end up lacking an outward perspective that is required to understand who we really are. Who are we really? What are our purpose and value? As Christians, the Bible says we should seek our identity in Christ. So, who does Jesus say we are?
Jesus calls us his siblings. When his family came looking for him, he said those who listened and believed in him were his sisters and brothers. He also calls us the light of the world and God’s children. The Bible in the book of Genesis also insists that we are made in the image of God. Therefore, if you are in Christ, your identity is in him. The New Testament notes that those who believe in God ought to walk as he did.
So, what does the Bible say we are? What are some statements of what Jesus says we are? How do I know who I am in Christ? Continue reading to get the answers to these questions and more.
What does the Bible say we are?
The Bible talks about our identity from the beginning of the scripture. Genesis 1:27 says that we were created in God’s own image and likeness. The Bible also says in the book of Ephesians 2:10 that we are the workmanship of Christ. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
The Bible also calls us severally that we are the children of God. The book of 1st John 3:1-2 notes that God gave us his love (giving us his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins) so that we may be called God’s children. The book says that the world might not recognize us because they do not know of Christ. That is to mean that we should not seek our identity from outside those who are in Christ. Only God, who made us in his own image, is to give us our identity.
1st Peter 2:9 also talks about who we are in Christ. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” God welcomed us into his light by letting Christ be the sacrificial lamb for our sins. In that, he chose us, we are his own possession, and he even refers to us as his royal priesthood.
The Bible is also clear in the book of Romans 8:17 that we are co-heirs of Christ. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings so that we may also share in his glory.” Christ is the firstborn among us and even said that those who listen to his word are his siblings.
Five statements of what Jesus says we are?
Jesus says in the book of Mathew 5:14 that we are the light of the world. Jesus noted that we should not hide our light but transform the world through it. By hiding who we are, we will not be able to light the world, and God’s will is for us to light the world by spreading the gospel.
In the gospel of John 15:5, Jesus calls us the branches. “I am the vine; you are the branches, whoever abides in me and I in him, he is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” By us being the branch, it means that we are connected and dependent on him, just as branches are dependent on the main tree.
Jesus also noted in John 1:12 that those who receive and believe are God’s children. Being God’s children means he cares for and loves us just like Jesus. Therefore, we should strive to do his will.
In the book of Mark 16:15, Jesus indicated that we are his disciples. “And he said to them, God into all the world and proclaimed the gospel to the whole creation.” Just like his disciples preached the gospels and wore souls for him, we are also his disciples, and we have to proclaim the gospel.
Jesus also calls us his brothers and sisters. When his parents came looking for him, Jesus noted that those who believe in him are those who are his family (Mathew 12:46-50). If we listen and believe in his word, then we become the co-heirs of Jesus.
How do I know who I am in Christ?
The only way to know you are in Christ is by reading his word and getting to know who he says you are. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” Therefore, that means that we are an entirely new creation in Jesus Christ. Jesus does not just clean away our sins when we believe in Him and follow him; he makes us entirely new beings.
Furthermore, the book of 2nd Peter 1:4 says, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped corruption that is in the world through lust.” If Christ says we are “partakers of the divine nature,” then that is who we are. He died for us to reconcile us with God so that during his second coming, we might go to heaven with him.
Therefore, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are born again, renewed, and regenerated. The new nature that Jesus gives us when we get born again is a new spiritual mind, and our old carnal mind is put to death. Our new identity in Christ obeys God and seeks to do his will, while our old nature was sinful and respected the desires of the flesh (Ephesians 2:1).
Furthermore, Romans 6:4 says that when Christ died, our flesh was buried in him. When he was raised, we were also raised with him so we might walk in the newness of life with him. We are entirely new beings who are spiritual, and our flesh was put to death when Christ died for our sins so that we may no longer sin against God but obey his will.