Who are you? There are so many ways people answer this simple question.
The simple answer: I’m Jason. But that doesn’t really tell you anything.
I’m Jason, I was born in the 70s. But you could probably tell that just from my name.
I’m Jason, I grew up in the country. But you could probably tell that from my lack of sophistication!
Some people define themselves by their sexuality. I’m Jason, I’m a heterosexual.
Other people define themselves by what they do. I’m Jason, I’m an Anglican Minister.
But do any of these things really tell you who I am? I don’t think so.
Over the past fortnight Romans 6 has given us another way to define ourselves.
I’m Jason. I’m “In Christ”.
If you trust Jesus as your Lord and Saviour then you are more than someone with the label ‘Christian’. You are somebody who has died to their old life and been born again as one of Jesus’ people.
The idea of Christian’s being “In Christ” can be found throughout the New Testament – not just in Romans 6. One such place is Ephesians 1. The Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians:
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (Eph 1:3)
This is an incredible statement for Christians – that we might have every spiritual blessing in Christ. But it is no less incredible than God’s purpose for all of creation -
“….to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him” (Eph 1:10)
In Jesus, all things are brought together. He is the owner and ruler of all things – in heaven and on earth. He has been given rule and authority over everything for the church (Eph 1:22). So it is not surprising then that if Jesus has been given rule for the church that there are wonderful benefits for those who are ‘in Him’.
For example, God’s people have the great assurance that they have been chosen in Jesus (Eph 1:4). God’s people have forgiveness and redemption in Jesus (Eph 1:7). God’s people have been adopted by God himself through Jesus (Eph 1:5) and are entitled to the full and eternal inheritance of a child of God – once again only in Jesus (1:11).
How do you become someone ‘in Christ’ who is given these wonderful things? You put your trust in Jesus. Ephesians 1:13 says believe in Him and he will place a down payment for our inheritance – he will give you his Holy Spirit as a seal of these eternal promises.
All of these benefits are freely available to those ‘in Christ’. Are you ‘in Christ’? If you are not then sign up for our ‘Christianity Explained Course’ today to find out more about Jesus as soon as you can.
If you are already ‘in Christ’ then how would you answer the question: Who are you? Christians are not defined by geography, or age, or interests, or sexuality or occupation.
Who am I? I am a member of the body of Christ. I am a receiver of every spiritual blessing In Jesus. I have been born again. I live today and forevermore, ‘in Christ’.
Next time you have the chance to make a statement about your identity, why not try something that shows that all you are and all you ever will be is tied up ‘in Christ’.