Devotion for Week of May 24, 2010 - What Is True of Christ is True of You

What Is True of Christ is True of You

John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

Since you are a saint in Christ by God’s calling, you share in Christ’s inheritance. That which is true of Christ is now true of you, because you are in Christ. It’s part of your identity.

The list below itemizes in first-person language who you really are in Christ. These are some of the scriptural traits which reflect who you became at spiritual birth. You can’t earn them or buy them anymore than a person born in America can earn or buy the rights and freedoms he enjoys as an American citizen. They are guaranteed to him by the Constitution simply because he was born in the United States. Similarly, these traits are guaranteed to you by the Word of God simply because you were born into God’s holy nation by faith in Christ.

Who Am I?

I am the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13)
I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14)
I am a child of God (John 1:12)
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1,5)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16)
I am a slave of righteousness (Rom. 6:18)
I am enslaved to God (Rom. 6:22)
I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father (Rom. 8:14,15; Gal 3:26; 4:6)
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Rom. 8:17)
I am a temple – a dwelling place – of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me
(I Cor. 3:16; 6:19)
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1Cor. 6:17)
I am a member of Christ’s Body (1Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30)
I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18,19)
I am a son of God and one in Christ (Gal. 3:26,28)
I am an heir of God since I am a son of God (Gal. 4:6,7)
I am a saint (Eph. 1:1; 1Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2)
I am God’s workmanship – His handiwork – born anew in Christ to do His work (Eph. 2:10)
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (Eph. 2:19)
I am a prisoner of Christ (Eph. 3:1; 4:1)
I am righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24)
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (Phil. 3:20; Eph. 2:6)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (Col. 3:4)
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly lived (Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4)
I am a son of light and not of darkness (1 Thess. 5:5)
I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1)
I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (Heb. 3:14)
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (I Pet. 2:5)
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (1Pet. 2:9,10)
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1Pet. 2:11)
I am an enemy of the devil (1Pet. 5:8)
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns (1 John 3:1,2)
I am born of God, and the evil one – the devil – cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
I am not the great “I am” (Exod. 3:14; John 8:24, 28, 58) but by the grace of God, I am what I am (1 Cor. 15:10)

Because you are in Christ, every one of those characteristics is completely true of you, and there’s nothing you can do to make them truer. But you can make these traits more meaningful and productive in your life by simply choosing to believe what God has said about you. One of the greatest ways to help yourself grow into maturity in Christ is to continually remind yourself who you are in Him. Read the list once or twice a day for a week or two. Read it when you think that Satan is trying to deceive you into believing you are a worthless failure. The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity.

Taken from “Victory Over the Darkness” by Neil T. Anderson

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