I am complete in Christ

Knowing and believing your completeness in Jesus Christ is vital. This knowledge provided in Colossians 2:10 (NKJV)  is your identity in Christ. The verse specifically states that in Him, referring to Christ, you have been made complete. This is one of the many good news in the Bible that must be grasped wholeheartedly. It is the hope of the gospel, and we are encouraged not to shift away from it -Colossians 1:23.

You are complete in Christ not by your efforts but because all things hold together in Him Colossians 1:17; having the fullness of Deity in Him-Colossians 2:9. And all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom are hidden in Him- Colossians 2:3. This means in Christ, you are fulfilled. No more emptiness!

Jesus is more than sufficient

Just as today some Christians act as if Jesus Christ is not enough, so it was during the days of the early believers. There were some in Colossae who doubted the sufficiency of Christ, and therefore demanded rituals including circumcision, as necessary additions. In fact, their doubts led them to embrace some philosophies while strictly adhering to the traditions of men. Thus, they chose to follow the teachings of men instead of the teachings of Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote that letter as a warning and also as a reminder of the fullness of Christ. He cautions us against allowing anyone to rob us of our adequacy in Christ.

Faith, Forgiveness, and Victory

To better appreciate our completeness in Christ, let’s explore three essential elements provided in Colossians chapter 2. The first element is found in verses 11-12. We learn that in Christ, our circumcision is not made with hands but made by Christ. This means circumcision is by faith in Christ alone. We know that the Old Testament ritual of physical circumcision is of no value unless one can obey the whole law perfectly. This is why Galatians 5:6 is emphatic that in Christ, faith expressing itself in love is more important. We are complete in Christ through faith in Christ Jesus.

The second is found in verses 13-14. We were dead in sins until God made us alive in Christ by forgiving us of all our sins. We are therefore complete in Christ because we are alive in Christ and sin-free in Him. Verse 9 of Romans chapter 5 affirms this truth when it says that we are justified by the blood of  Jesus. Praise God! It’s only Jesus Christ who can set you free from sin and also declare you debt-free. We are complete in Christ through the forgiveness of our sins.

The third element of our completeness in Christ is found in verse 15. “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him.”  Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has gained victory over supernatural forces and evil agents working against you and me. We are winners because Jesus is a winner. We are therefore complete in Christ through victory over all evil powers and agents. What more can we ask for?

Dear Christian, it’s either Jesus did all the work, or He did nothing. It is not 95% of what Jesus did plus 5% of what you add to it. I choose to believe 100% that Jesus completed His assignment concerning my redemption, and that is why I am complete in Him. Jesus is all-sufficient.!

Enjoy your identity in Christ by accepting your completeness in Him. And remember, it is in Christ Jesus that you are complete. Therefore, remain in Him-Colossians 2:6-7.

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I am a disciple

You may be known all over the world or even have great riches but never allow that to define your identity. Dear Christian, your identity is in Christ Jesus. Knowing who you are in Christ is not selfish. It is not boasting and it is not pride. It is the confidence to stay focused on Christ -Hebrews 12:2 and to tell others about HIM. It makes you want to bring others on board so they can also enjoy a new identity in Christ.   

So, if you ask me who I am in Christ? My answer is simple: I am everything  God says that I am in His word. My identity in Christ helps me to reorient my priorities, purposes, and passions.

I am not just a child of God, I am a disciple of Christ.  A disciple is a follower and a learner, adhering to the teachings of the one they follow. Applied to Jesus Christ, a disciple is someone who follows and learns from the teachings of the Messiah-Luke 6:40. In John 8:31, Jesus told the Jews who had believed in Him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”

The Pharisees are bold to announce that they are the disciples of Moses-John 9:28. I will therefore not hide who I am.  I am not a disciple of Moses, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.  In John 12:26, Jesus says “anyone who serves Him must follow Him.“ We are to follow Jesus Christ and nobody.

I understand what is expected of a disciple in  Matthew 28:18-20. I can go into all nations and make disciples by sharing the good news of salvation because I have been equipped in all dimensions- I have freedom in Christ-Galatians 5:1, I have been delivered from the power of darkness into the kingdom of Christ – Colossians 1:13, therefore, I am not under any curse or bondage. I have also been made righteous in Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:30 and I have been given the power to speak about Christ -Acts 1:8.

I want you to own your identity in Christ.

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I am a child of God

This is a continuation of the series “I KNOW WHO I AM IN CHRIST”.
I know who I am in Jesus Christ and so I am inspired to walk boldly in my identity. I am a child of God – John 1:12 and I belong to the family of God -Ephesians 2:19. My status is confirmed in 1 John 5:1 which states that everyone who believes that Jesus is Christ is born of God.

I know who I am in Christ

Dear reader, you’ve been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ- Ephesians 2:8-9. Hallelujah! My question to you is: do you know who you are in Christ? So important is your identity, you should not take it for granted. There is enormous comfort and security when we have the knowledge and an understanding of our identity in Christ.

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You are a new creation in Christ- 2 Cor 5:17. This means in Christ, you begin a fresh clean page of your life.  The knowledge you have about your identity helps you to stand firm in every situation; good or bad, sweet or sour. We are able to enjoy our new life in Christ uninterrupted.  It gives us the confidence to live in God’s will and to act in faith accordingly. The knowledge about your identity spares you the headache of being a crowd follower and a people pleaser.

As Christians, we are not just followers of Christ. We are in fellowship with Christ.  Our identity is in Christ. The word of God says we are joined in one spirit with Christ-1 Corinthians 6:1. In Him,  we are complete -Colossians 2:10, reconciled to God- 2 Corinthians 5:18, children of God-John 1:12 and many more.

Because Jesus knows who He is, we must also know who we are in Him. Staying ignorant will be denying yourself the rights and privileges you have in Christ. You become susceptible to deception and false doctrines.

Identity is of essence to Jesus that one day, He had a conversation with his disciples on the subject -Matthew 13.

He asked, “who do people say that I am?”  The second question was more specific: “ who do you say that I am ?”

Jesus did not ask these questions because He had identity issues. Never! His identity is unquestionable. He is the beloved son of the living God. Satan and his demons know that too. Scripture records that demons cried “ You are the son of God” when they see Jesus -Luke 4:41. In spite of the knowledge, satan will still put the identity of Jesus to the test – Luke 4:1-13. Note that satan began two of the three temptations with the words, “If thou be the Son of God.” But  Jesus would show through the scriptures that He did not need to perform, neither did He need to be popular nor possess all the riches of the kingdom of this world to prove his identity. Jesus Christ is the son of God and that is it.

Dear Christian, knowing your true identity in Christ is one of the greatest defenses you can have against temptation. It is your best weapon against agents whose activities are mainly directed at causing you to doubt who you are.

So, let’s stay informed about our identity in Christ through this new series I’ve titled  “ I know who I am in Christ Jesus”. Through the word of God and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will affirm our identity in Christ Jesus as we enjoy our lives in Him and walk in that truth.  

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