What Does the Bible Say About Our Identity in Christ?
The bible tells us that we are children of God. This means we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people with purpose. However, we must understand that this identity isn’t static. We have to be vigilant to keep ourselves in line with God’s will. We need to acknowledge that we still have sinful tendencies in our life, even if we’re a believer in Christ.
You were created with a purpose
The Bible teaches us that we were all created with a purpose in Christ. This purpose is a divine purpose for our lives. It is important to understand that God prepared us for our purpose from the moment we were conceived. This purpose is revealed in our race, gender, family background, talents, abilities, and experiences. Through these experiences, God molds us into the person we are today.
This purpose is more than personal fulfillment. It transcends our hopes, dreams, and ambitions. Our purpose is to live according to the plan God has made for our lives and be His masterpiece. In order to live life to its fullest, we must first know and understand God. Our purpose is to serve Him, to spread His grace, and to extend the reign of God. We must first understand our purpose in Christ and in the Bible. This is the heart of our existence, and it is why Jesus died for us.
You are a child of God
Being led by the Spirit is one of the hallmarks of being a child of God. This is not a matter of marrying the right person, attending the right school, or getting the right job. It also doesn’t mean that you must witness to someone today, but rather that you must be led by the Spirit.
As a child of God, you are determined to live a life pleasing to God and to please your heavenly Father. This includes being selfless and doing good works. This means that you have a purpose and a daily mission. As a child of God, your life will be different from anyone else’s.
The Bible teaches that God’s love for us is unconditional. This means that we are not judged on our performance or our choice, but that God is our real and loving father. He does not make us slaves, but He brings us into sonship. However, if we have a bad upbringing and have been treated with abuse, it is hard to see God as a loving parent.
Talk to God the way you would talk to your parent – be yourself and tell God everything. He loves hearing from you. Treat others like family and extend God’s love to them. If you do that, you are truly being a child of God in Christ. If you don’t want to be judged, simply follow God’s example.
Prosperity is the opposite of poverty. As a child of God, you deserve to live a prosperous life. This means having a secure home, a good job, a well-paying job, a happy family, a happy marriage, and healthy relationships. All of these things are part of the inheritance God has promised to Abraham through his faith in Him.
As a child of God in Christ, you are entitled to use the Name of Jesus when praying. When you pray in Jesus’ Name, you will receive answers. In fact, you haven’t even been praying in your name – you’ve prayed in Jesus’ Name. This means that you have been made a joint heir with Christ.
You are a royal priesthood
As Christians, we have been given a special calling to be priests. This holy calling is part of being born again. The New Testament intentionally uses language from Exodus 19 to describe the royal priesthood of the church. This ties together the Old and New Testament scriptures and shows a close connection between the two. In Peter’s letter to the persecuted and scattered church, he writes that they were “aliens” who were sprinkled with Christ’s blood and were being built up into a spiritual house and holy priesthood.
Jesus’ mission is dependent on the unity of his followers. Only when we live as one can we fully fulfill God’s will. The Bible teaches that true leaders are willing to live in unity with others. Those who are willing to live this way fulfill God’s will and proclaim God’s glory.
Previously, only priests of the tribe of Levi could enter the presence of God. But under the New Covenant, all believers are born into God’s family and have priestly access through relationship with Jesus. These priestly responsibilities are fulfilled through Spirit-led worship. It is a joyous experience to be a part of the royal priesthood of Christ.
In the bible, the kings of Israel were called to wear ephods, which symbolized the kingship of Israel and the priesthood. In Zechariah 6:11-13, God says the Messiah will rule as king and serve as priest. That is a pretty incredible promise!
The High Priest of the Old Testament was called Melchizedek. But the Levitical priesthood was not founded until after the time of Moses. Moreover, the kingship of Melchizedek preceded the rules regarding priests of Judah and Levi.
You are a holy nation
Christians are called to be holy by God, and we are to model our behavior after his. However, holiness is not an automatic state for human beings. Being holy automatically makes us different from those around us. As a Christian, we are to personify this state by living in a manner that is pleasing to God and pleasing to others.
In the first verse of this chapter, Peter talks about the chosen race, which is different from other people. Then he compares the people of God with the people of Israel. Christians are to be a special nation, which God has chosen for Himself. This uniqueness is our purpose, and we must strive to live up to it.
The Israelites were called a holy nation by God because they had heeded His law. Because they were holy, God wanted them to be separate from the world, set apart for His purposes. Therefore, the Old Covenant was designed to make Israel holy and separate from the rest of the world. God wants His holy nation to be a witness for His glory.
But many Christians have a religion that does not create holiness. A religion that is not spotless and pure does not make a difference in the lives of believers and others. A religious system that is not pure and spotless will be rejected by God. Holiness is not a mere set of rules, but a way of life.
Peter draws phrases from the Old Testament description of the ancient nation of Israel to illustrate his point. In this way, the Old Testament description of Israel is an important guide to understanding the true Church of God. These descriptions of the people of God can impact Christian life and the way we serve God. These descriptions of Israel can help us relate to the people of God in the New Testament.
As Christians, we are called to follow the teaching of Jesus. This means that we should practice the law of Christ and follow His example. As priests, we must live holy lives.