We constantly need to be reminded of our true identity because we’re forgetful and easily swayed by lies. God’s people are simultaneously sinners, sufferers, and saints. I go through seasons of forgetting certain parts, and lately I keep forgetting I’m a saint. Here’s an encouraging reminder of who God says we are:
“God often explicitly reminds his people who they are. These statements abound in Scripture. Let me highlight a few:
-We are image bearers of the one true God (Gen. 1:26).
-We are those to whom and through whom the blessing of the nations has come (Gen. 12:2-3; Gal. 3:8-9).
-We are part of the community God chose and took for himself (Deut. 4:32-40).
-We are those who are distinguished by the very presence of God (Exod. 33:16).
-We are sanctified and justified in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11).
-We are chosen, redeemed forgiven children of God in Christ, who have been given the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:3-14; Gal. 4:6-7).
-We are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (see 1 Pet. 2:4-11).
Notice how closely connected the identity of God’s people is to God himself. We are defined by our relationship with him! In a world that beckons people to define themselves by false and fading identities based on looks, intelligence, wealth, power, or success, this is good news! Unlike worldly definitions of identity, our identity and inheritance in Christ never fades (1 Pet. 1:3-4)” (75- italics mine).
–CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet by Mike Emlet