Your identity is a reflection of who you are. In the Old Testament, we were made to see man as a “god” (Psalm 82:6) as well as in the New Testament (John 10:34) as spoken by Jesus Christ. Our identity as a person is of one who is made in the image of God, one who has the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). An Identity in Christ.
Man before the fall was man who had dominion over all things and was in a relationship with God. After the fall, man fell below the standard God had set for him. Man became “unworthy” to see God and fellowship with Him because self was activated and man began to see himself as not needing God to function.
This separation didn’t change our identity but rather, man lost a hold of the understanding of who he is and began to act below his standards. Man didn’t understand who he was and the capacity he carried because he began to operate by flesh instead of the spirit as designed by God.
God sent His only son to die for us and by this sacrificial giving, we have access to God and have been restored to our original position. When Christ died, He created a “pathway” that restored man to his real position by giving man an understanding of who he truly is through the Holy Spirit that now dwells in us.
Ephesians 2:4 – 6 summarizes our identity in Christ Jesus as being: alive and together in Christ, seated in heavenly places (high places) in Christ and because we sit in a really high place, we have dominion. The basis of our dominion is understanding our identity, what we possess. If we fail to understand who we are, we won’t know what we have and then we won’t be able to make use of it to its fullest. Failure to understand or know your identity limits what you can achieve.
1 Peter 2:9 also reminds us of who we are: chosen, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special people. When you don’t know who you are, then you won’t act like God’s own. You would act like a stranger.
1 John 5:14 makes us understand that God hears us when we pray according to His will and why does He hear us? It is because we are His own, the ones He created so we know His will. We have dominion over all things because we have been reconciled, reconnected to God.
You are God’s own, you are His child.
Let your understanding come from a place of trust in God. Know who you are, confess it over yourself and walk in it. Refuse to walk below your standard. You are His own so live it.