The True You: Victorious
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
These last seven weeks we’ve taken the time to take a close look at our identity in Christ, what we’ve been calling “The True You.” No matter where you came from, what you did last night, God loves you and sees you this way:
The True You is Accepted (Galatians 2:20)
The reality for all who follow Jesus is this: as a Christian, your identity is no longer in yourself, but in Christ. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done. Once you embrace Jesus as your Lord and Savior your real identity, “The True You,” is accepted.
The True You is Loved (1 John 4:10)
God sent His only beloved Son to die on our behalf. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. If we are found in Christ, the Scriptures undeniably show that we are loved.
The True You is Forgiven (Psalm 103:12)
Because He traded His perfectly righteous life for ours, when you’re found in Christ, the “True You” is Forgiven. The debt has been paid. The sacrifice has been made--once and for all.
The True You is Adopted (Ephesians 1:5)
Ephesians 1:5 says, “He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.” Think about that for a minute. The God of the Universe, of all creation, looked out at the sea of humanity, saw you and said, “I want that one. That’s my child.”
The True You is Redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
Jesus bought us back from the grips of death and hell to live for Him. It’s not about trying to measure up to the amazing riches He shows us on a daily basis. It’s about embracing your identity in Him, and living your life in gratitude for what He’s done.
The True You is Blessed (Romans 8:32)
The Apostle Paul writes to the Romans, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Romans 8:32)? Wow. Not only did God redeem us, He’s prepared to “graciously give us all things.” How do we know? He gave us His most precious possession: His only Son, Jesus.
The True You is Victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Paul sums it up well by saying “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Knowing the truth about our identity in Him is powerful. God wants to break the chain of sin in your life. In Christ, we can be victorious.
The last thought I want to leave with you is this: “The True You” is a two-way street. It’s Christ in you, and you in Him. Sanctification happens when Christ lives in us, but we need to abide in Him as well.
So as you go about your day, remember these truths. Commit these verses to memory. And live in your new identity in Christ.