Today's podcast is a meditation on the scriptures of our identity in Christ, from the verses below.
Who We Are and What We Have In Christ
"Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith” (Romans 1:5)
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:1-2).
“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (Romans 5:9)
“when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son… how much more… shall we be saved through his life!... rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11).
“those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” (5:17).
“through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous” (5:19).
“Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, [so] we too may live a new life” (6:4).
“count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (6:11).
“you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God” (7:4).
“we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code” (7:6).
“there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (8:1-2).
“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you” (8:9).
“you received the Spirit of Sonship… Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (8:15, 17).
“And those he predestined, he also called; those he called; he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (8:30).
“in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (8:37).
“you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another” (Romans 15:14).
“in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge” (1 Cor 1:5).
“we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Cor 2:12).
“we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16).
“All things are yours” (1 Cor 3:21).
“you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:11).
“the man who loves God is known by God” (1 Cor 8:3).
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Cor 1:20).
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing” (2 Cor 2:14-15).
“in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God” (2 Cor 2:17).
“Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor 3:4-6).
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).
“through God’s mercy we have this ministry” (2 Cor 4:1).
“if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ” (2 Cor 5:18-19).
“Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you” (2 Cor 13:4).
“So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law” (Galatians 2:16).
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God” (Gal 2:20).
“So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith” (Gal 3:9).
“He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Gal 3:14).
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (3:26-27).
“So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir” (Gal 4:7).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ’” (Eph 1:3-9).
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity to the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:11-12).
“the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also the one to come” (Eph 1:18-21).
“God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions… and God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:4-7).
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10).
“in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13).
“In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Eph 2:21-22).
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Eph 3:12).
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph 3:20).
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Eph 4:15-16).
“filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:11).
“my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:13-14).
“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27).
“Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3).
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Col 2:9-12).
“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ” (Col 2:17).
“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col 3:3-4).
“put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (Col 3:10).
“the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess 1:12).
“that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess 2:14).
“This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time” (2 Tim 1:9).
“the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (2 Tim 2:10).
“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:5-7).
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Heb 7:25).
“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb 10:10).
“who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood” (1 Peter 1:2).
“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, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5).
“Through him you believe in God” (1 Peter 1:21).
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to him” (1 Peter 3:21-22).
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11).