Who am I?

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,
according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ
when he raised him from the dead
and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places
— Ephesians 1:16–20

our identity

Who am I? is perhaps the defining and predominant question of our individualist society. But the Bible teaches us that our identity is, in fact, of secondary importance. The question, ‘Who am I?’ is not the paramount question; rather the first and paramount issue we should be seeking is:

Who is Jesus?

Then, and only then, from that context can we we begin to understand who we really are.

Indeed, there are 2 layers of Christian identity:

  1. There is our general identity as a blood bought, redeemed child of God.

  2. There is our special, unique identity that is ours alone.

Where does our identity begin?

We really need to go back to the very beginning and refresh our hearts & minds where all of this began:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27

We need to consider three things: 

  1. All humanity was made in the image of God: Imago Dei. We have His fingerprints on our very being.

  2. Sin broke that image [Genesis 3]. Like the shattering of a mirror, we no longer perfectly reflect that image.

  3. Jesus stepped in and redeemed what was broken through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, bringing all things back together in the cosmos.

// iD // part 1of4

This mini-series on our spiritual identity in Christ is based on teaching from our latest Ladies Coffee Morning by Rachel Setliffe (Leader of Refuge Women’s Ministry).

It runs in tandem with our current sermon series, Belonging, on church membership.