Deep down, we all want to understand who we are and how we should relate to the world. We’re starting to realize just how important this one concept is for shaping the way we live our lives. While I love the many wonderful conversations people are having about identity, I think we need more Bible based discussions. If we’re ever going to understand who we are, we need to have a firm grasp on our identity in Christ. The Bible tells us so much about who we are in God’s eyes and I believe that if we started living according to God’s thoughts about us, we would live much fuller lives.
“Identity cannot be found or fabricated but emerges from within when one has the courage to let go.”Doug Cooper
When we live our lives based on God’s truth, it empowers, frees us, and makes us whole and complete. For too long, we’ve embraced subtle lies about our core identity, allowing them to limit us, imprison us, and rob us of all God has for us. But, we don’t have to live that way anymore. We can know God’s truth and the truth can set us free. That being said, enjoy this list of my favorite Bible verses about our identity in Christ. It’s broken up into sections covering five key themes scripture often speaks about in tangent with our identity in Christ.
25 Bible Verses About Your Identity in Christ
We have been adopted into God’s family. As adopted children of God, we inherited certain rights, privileges, and even responsibilities when we accepted Jesus. We are no longer orphans, we belong to God. That’s a huge part of our identity in Christ.
- For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15
- For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother. Matthew 12:50
- See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1
- So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. – Galatians 4:7
- He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. – Ephesians 1:5
We are free in Christ. That’s another important part of our identity. We are no longer defined by what used to enslave us. Once we chose Jesus, we became free. The problem is, many Christians still live in slavery because deep down they think the freedom they have in Christ is too good to be true. But, if Christ set you free, you are free.
- Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. – 2 Corinthians 3:17
- For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
- Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. – 1 Peter 2:16
- So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36
- In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. – Ephesians 3:12
Next, worth is an intrinsic part of our identity in Christ. God sees you as worthy. There is no prerequisite. You are not any more worthy because of your accomplishments and you are not any less worthy because of your failure.
- Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16
- Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:31
- For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:13-14
- She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:5
- Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? – Matthew 6:26
You have an inheritance from your Father in heaven. You receive that inheritance simply because you belong to God and you follow the path he has laid out for you.
- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. – Colossians 3:23-24
- The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. – Psalm 16:5
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5
- Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy. – Isaiah 61:7
- And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. – Galatians 3:29
Finally, our responsibility to the world is an often overlooked but very crucial part of our identity in Christ.
- Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2
- Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. – 1 Peter 3:8
- Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4
- But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
- For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ – Deuteronomy 15:11
I hope you enjoyed this list of Bible verses about your identity in Christ. Did any of the verses stand out to you? Were there any you haven’t read before? I’m curious to know!