Before we dive into Bible verses on identity in Christ, first, let’s look at what our identity as child of God even means. So why don’t we start with this age old question…
Who are we and why are we here?
It’s a question that echoes through our lives as we navigate this thing called life. Living with purpose and meaning is not just the next-best-thing, but it’s the very foundation for what gives us passion and drive in our lives.
Our identity is not found in job descriptions or status, it’s not defined by where we live or what we look like. Who we are is the very core of our being, and it is entirely dependent on who our Maker, God, says we are.
The Bible talks a lot about our identity in Christ. In 1 John 3:1, John writes, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” When you believe and accept God, you become a child of God (John 1:12). So when we choose to follow Jesus, we become children of God. It also means we leave behind our old selves and we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Having this new, glorious identity sounds wonderful, but what does it actually mean for your life?
What does it mean to have your identity in Christ?
Your identity in Christ doesn’t just reveal who you are, but it ultimately reveals how God sees you and what he has done for you. Going back to the what Jesus did for you on the cross, helps to better understand how he sees you.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
Jesus dying on the cross wasn’t just the solution for sin, it was the grandest gesture of love ever. He made a way for you to have a beautifully deep and authentically real relationship with the Father. Our identity in Christ speaks to who we are as loved and adored children of God.
Understanding your identity helps you understand your purpose.
Learning who you are is best done by going to the one who made us, our Creator. So let’s look at what these 12 Bible verses on identity in Christ.
12 Bible Verses about Your Identity in Christ
1. You are fully known by God.
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do. Psalm 139:1-3
2. You are fully loved by God.
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4:16
3. You are called by name.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
4. God has plans and a future for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
5. God has made you righteous.
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. Romans 3:22
6. You are no longer a slave to sin.
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. Romans 6:6
7. You are a masterpiece.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
8. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? 1 Corinthians 6:19
9. You are chosen, holy and blameless before God.
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4
10. God provides for all your needs.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
11. You are chosen.
We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people. 1 Thessalonians 1:4
12. You are a friend of God.
I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. John 15:15