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Who Am I?

By February 21, 2023No Comments

Answering the question “Who am I,” is closely connected to “Where do I come from.” We read in Genesis 1:27, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” I want to answer the question, “Who am I,” but I must begin by stating that all people are created in the image of God. This is true of unbelievers estranged from God as well as believers who are in a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I will dig into this truth in greater detail when answering, “Where do I come from,” but for now will note that this is what makes us human beings distinct from the rest of God’s creation. All of us are fashioned in the image of God.

Being made in the image of God is true of unbelievers and believers. But, there are differences in our identity as well. God is everyone’s Creator, but we are born estranged from God. We have been created to reflect God’s love and character and be on mission with Him, but we are not automatically in a relationship with Him that allows this to be a reality in our lives. This is why Jesus came, to die for our sins and be resurrected for our salvation (Rom 4:25). The Bible teaches us that we are born “dead in our sins” and alienated from God (Eph 2:1-3). This is why unbelievers, in Scripture, are referred to as sinners. Their identity is tied to their estrangement from God.

The believer has a different identity from the unbeliever. The believer has been “born again” or spiritually renewed (John 3:3). We find in the Bible that believers walk in new life (Rom 6:4), free of condemnation (Rom 8:1), reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:18), and citizens of heaven (Phil 3:20). The identity of the believer that I find myself often amazed at is that a believer is a child of God (John 1:12). The term used in the New Testament for the believer is saint. A saint is one set apart for Christ. A saint is a disciple of Christ, one who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and committed to the mission of Jesus.

Although the believer, formerly an unbeliever, was estranged from God, they are reconciled to God through receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Since God is the ultimate purpose and reason for our existence, our identity is found in Him and Him alone. Therefore, I am a beloved child of God. This is true of every believer and offered to the unbeliever. In fact, if you have yet to receive Christ as Savior and Lord, I encourage you to do so. God has provided through Christ the way you can be reconciled to Him, granting you the identity you have been created to possess.

So, the answer to the question, “Who am I,” is not defined in terms of who we are in and of ourselves. It’s described in our being image bears of God and in terms of whether or not we have received Jesus as Savior and Lord. In other words, who I am as a believer is wrapped up in the action of God in me, my relationship with Him, and God’s purpose for me. Who we are is not self-focused but God-centered. Ultimately, discovering who I am is not an end in itself but for the sake of walking in a right relationship with Him as His beloved child. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!