For the month of March I am going to spend Mondays and Wednesdays every week examining our true identity in Christ. I pray that armed with these truths you will have the confidence to set aside any mask you have been hiding behind and begin to let your true identity in Christ shine through.
The first identity we have is that of a forgiven child of God. This one is seen in Romans, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24 NIV). Unlike the people of the Old Testament, we no longer live under the law. We live according to grace. As Christians, all we need to do is place our trust in Christ. This simple act of faith enables each one of us to be declared righteous and forgiven.
Christ Jesus died to provide redemption, which means He died to pay the price required to ransom sinners. By paying the penalty of their sin through His death, Jesus can free people from their sin and transfer His righteousness to those who believe in Him. On the basis of Christ’s righteousness alone, believers can approach God’s throne with praise. Through God’s initiative, they have been restored to a proper relationship with Him (from the New King James Version Study Bible).
In other words, thanks to Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, we, as Christians, can approach God and be seen as forgiven children of God. The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary goes on to discuss the gift of salvation further, “The manner of salvation is that of a free gift. The motivation of salvation is God’s grace, the underserved love of God. The means of salvation is also redemption, deliverance from the hopeless human condition of [Romans] 1:18–3:20.”
Stop and think for a moment how completely amazing the gift of salvation is. First of all, it is free for everyone. This is thanks to God’s incredible grace and Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. Without the gift of salvation, a person is utterly hopeless. However, once the gift is received, our identity is that of a forgiven child of God, and that cannot be taken away.
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