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Discovering Your Identity in Christ

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Who are you? Trying to define yourself by possessions, accomplishments, or the way others perceive you often leads to disappointment. We were designed to live as God’s children, finding our ultimate fulfillment and contentment in His will for our lives. Let’s discover more about who we are in Christ.

A. Self-evaluation

  • Honestly describe yourself. How do you really define who you are?
  • What aspects of yourself do you dislike?
  • Evaluate your answers to the questions above. To what extent are you dependent on external attributes or roles—such as appearance, education, skills, family relationships, and occupation—to describe yourself?

Unless we define our identity primarily by our relationship with Christ, we will encounter problems over time.

  • How did Jesus describe Himself (John 14:9-10)?
  • At the Last Supper, our Lord humbled Himself and washed the disciples’ feet. To what does John attribute Christ’s action (John 13:1-8)?

B. Walk in your new identity: Know the truth about who you are in Christ.

Some eastern religions speak of a person losing his personal identity as he develops greater god-consciousness. By contrast, Christianity teaches that we discover our unique identity as we draw closer to the Lord. Knowing we are secure in Him gives us the confidence to truly be ourselves, and His Spirit shows us our specific gifts and how to use them.

Our identity “in Christ” is emphasized over and over in Scripture. Below is a summary of what the Bible says about us. Fill in the missing areas of the chart. In the third column, describe how believing that particular aspect of your identity could change your life.

Biblical References

 Identity in Christ

Impact of

John 1:12 

Ephesians 1:5

Adopted as God's Child

My heavenly Father gives me affirmation, acceptance, and provision; I have a deep sense of security because the God of the universe directs my life.

John 15:15

A friend of Jesus


Romans 15:7

Accepted in Christ


Colossians 2:9-10 
1 Corinthians 6:17


Even when human relationships prove disappointing, we can still feel wholeness because we are in Christ.

John 15:16

Chosen to bear fruit


Romans 6:6


Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I can know victory over sin.

Philippians 3:20 
Colossians 1:13-14

A citizen of heaven
part of the heavenly kingdom


1 Peter 2:9

Part of a royal priesthood and a holy nation


Ephesians 1:7 
Colossians 2:13-14

Forgiven for our sins through the death of Jesus



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  • April 06, 2011 08:16 PM


    I give this study 5 stars. Very on point!!!

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