Identity (Part 1)- Ayanfe Peter

Identity as Christians

Identity is a dynamic phenomena. There is a quick sense of understanding, an imagery that sets in at the word identity. To most people, identity simply means who a person is, what he/she stands for and represent, though this is not wrong, but the question to answer is if that truly answers what Identity means. As earlier stated, it is a dynamic concept, with abundant meanings associated to it. Many attempts at giving it a general acceptable definition has failed over time because most of these definitions had failed to capture the meaning. This is because, there are a number of factors to be considered, cultural, religion, location, language, ethnicity among others.

As we ask everyone, we ask ourselves too, who are we? All Christians, Christ-like, who are you? 1 Corinthians 12 vs 27 says “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular”. As a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, created to proclaim the excellences of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light, our definition of identity is “The ability to reflect He who we represent, through which we were saved, brought out of the dark and into the light of the Father of all creations. This is the sole reason we are called christians, remember the story at Antioch Acts 11:26, where the disciples were first called christians. People saw the reflection of the light they represented, they saw the reflection of He who they represented and it was easy for people to identify them in Christ.

Identity as a child of God, identity in the body of Christ is beyond Church attendance, church activities or christianic name association.

Identity as a christian is divided into two; a) Identity with Christ. b) Identity in Christ. These two are different but misacted and misrepresented by many christians today. In subsequent release, we will discuss these two.

Note, in living your life, be a reflection of God who has created and called us in to the light made to shine in Christ Jesus through the salvation we have been given by grace to enjoy, Isaiah 43:1; But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Identity

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