Fix Your Identity Crisis (“In Christ” 10x in 14 verses)
Most problems in the Christian life stem from an identity crisis. We forget who we are, we forget we’ve been gifted a new identity “in Christ.”
Years ago the apostle Paul wrote a letter to disciples of Jesus in Ephesus. The first chunk of this letter (Ephesians) is meant to be an unforgettable reminder of the rich new identity believers have in Jesus. 10x in the first 14 verses of Ephesians, Paul uses variations of the phrase “in Christ” to speak about this identity.
If you’re struggling to believe and live from your identity in Christ, spend the next week reading Ephesians 1:1-14, pondering and praying through what it means that you are “in Christ.” Open your eyes. Realize who you are. Live according to your new identity, according to Ephesians 1:1-14:
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful IN CHRIST JESUS:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us IN CHRIST with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us IN THE BELOVED. IN HIM we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth IN CHRIST as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things IN HIM, things in heaven and things on earth.
IN HIM we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope IN CHRIST might be to the praise of his glory. IN HIM you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed IN HIM, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.