In the opening sentences of Romans 1 Paul has no qualms defining who he is (a servant of Jesus Christ), his calling (an Apostle of Jesus) and his purpose (to be set apart for the sake of the Gospel). Paul is confident in who he is in Christ.
How do you respond when someone asks, “Who are you?” Many people respond with the obvious of stating their name. Some may respond by stating their occupation, marital status, or some things they enjoy in life. However the question is not, “What is your name, what do you do for a living or what do you like?” Instead it is who are you? If you are a follower of Jesus Christ may I offer some suggestions?
WHO ARE YOU?
- You are a unique creation of God (Genesis 1:27 – God created man in his own image.)
- You are made for His glory (Romans 11:36 – For from him and through and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.)
- You are sinful – (Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”)
- You are a saint (Romans 1:7… We are called to be saints.) We are not saints because of our own merits; we are saints because God has called us saints.
- You are righteous – (Romans 5:19 For by one man’s sins we are made sinful but through Christ’s death we are made righteous.)
- You are holy (Colossians 1:22 He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him).
- You are the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians… Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that Spirit dwells in you?)
- You are a child of God (Romans 8:16… The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit the we are children of God).
- You are the body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23… For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its savior.)
This list is a clear and biblical (not necessarily complete) view of who you are in Christ. Man has not defined this for you but God has. As believers we ought to have the same view of ourselves and others as God views us . When we start seeing each other in ways God sees us then we will start treating one another differently. We will speak kindly of one another, we will serve one another in love; we will respect and value other individuals as a whole.