Christ’s Resurrection = Our Identity
Who am I? What makes me special? What is my purpose in life? These are questions of self-identity. Experts say that the formation of identity is crucial in human development. In order to assume a meaningful role in life, people must understand themselves and their abilities, and have an attitude of worthiness about themselves.
As God’s people, our identity is centered in Christ. Who I was – by nature, I was dead in sin and doomed to hell. Who I am – I have been bought back (redeemed) from slavery to sin, death, and hell by the perfect life and sacrificial death of God’s Son Jesus. My identity is confirmed in Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Let’s consider our “resurrection identity” based on the following Scripture passages.
I am really forgiven – my sins are paid in full. Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
I have real hope and joy – I am loved, I am already saved, and I will be taken to heaven. 1 Peter 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.
My faith and trust is in the only true God. Romans 1:4 [Jesus] was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.
Through faith in Jesus, I am connected to God who gives me power to live for him. Romans 6:5,11,13 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. . . count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. . . offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
I have real purpose in life: to share the powerful message of the Savior with others. 1 Corinthians 15:14,20 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. . . But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.
I wait for Jesus to come again, when I will receive a glorified body like Christ’s resurrected body. Philippians 3:20,21 And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorified body.
Staff Minister Tom Banaszak