“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20)
Something you may not know about me is that I’m adopted. And I often say that I was saved twice. Once when I was adopted as a three month old baby into the Zappia family, and again when I met my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While I’ll be forever grateful to my mom and dad for giving me a home and an amazing upbringing, being adopted into God’s family has had a much greater and eternal impact on who I am.
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 Apostle Paul wrote this, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). It’s right there in the Scriptures. It’s no longer you, but Christ living in you.
Notice what the text doesn’t say. It doesn’t say, “After I cleaned up my act I was crucified with Christ…” or, “Once I learned all the rules I was crucified with Christ…” Rather, Paul explains this new identity we have by saying “the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”
Your identity is not found in you. It’s found in Jesus. If you put your faith and trust in Jesus, you’re accepted. Regardless of your past, present, or future shortcomings. And if you’re still having trouble believing this, Paul hammers this point home in a letter to another church by saying, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, emphasis added).