Who We Are
Note: Today’s reading is Ephesians 1!
Note 2: Today’s post is written by my sister Amanda Criss.
The book of Ephesians gloriously reveals many blessings that we possess in Christ. Dozens of times in this book, we see references to phrases like “in Christ” and “in Him.” If it’s helpful to you, use a pencil and circle in your Bible or highlight on your tablet every reference in Ephesians to who we are or what we possess in Christ.
In the first chapter alone, we observe multiple references to the position and wealth we possess in Christ:
- 1:3 … In Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
- 1:4 … In Christ, God chose us.
- 1:5 … Through Christ, we are adopted by God.
- 1:6 … In Christ, God freely bestowed His grace on us.
- 1:7 … In Christ, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.
- 1:10-11 … In Christ, we possess an inheritance.
- 1:13-14 … Having believed in Christ, we are sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance.
- 1:19-20 … In Christ, God works His resurrection power through us.
If you are born again into Christ, this is your identity. This is who you REALLY are: blessed, chosen, adopted, graced, redeemed, forgiven, wealthy, sealed, and secure. The power that fuels this new identity within you is the same mighty resurrection power that raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Yes, this is who you really are in Christ. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Later on in this beautiful, gospel-rich book of Ephesians, after we see grace-filled verses lavished one upon another, God will begin to speak to us about how to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received from Him. But first He wants to show us who He is and who we are in Him in order for us to imitate the worthy One whose nature we now bear.
It is vital for Christians to realize their identity in Christ. If we find our worth or justify our meaning outside of who we are in Christ, then we’re seeking to drop our anchor of hope in a god of self or works, and our Christian lives will be lived out striving in the flesh rather than walking by the power of the Spirit.
As we open the book of Ephesians this week, let us pray with Paul that our Father would give us the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of our hearts enlightened, that we may know what is the hope to which He has called us, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe (1:17-19).
PS I’m very thankful to Amanda for writing this post. She blogs regularly at Bless Your Heart and Home.