2.01.2015

identity lists

part 2

Last week, I posted what I call an "Identity List," a list I've been forming of Biblical statements identifying who the LORD God is. The Bible is absolutely crammed with these statements, such as: my rock and my redeemer, my exceeding joy, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the judge of all, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, etc. I refer to that list over and over, and keep adding things to it as I come across scriptures that describe God. You can read it here.

Not long after beginning this identity list of God, I realized that I wanted to try this with more! I began an identity list for Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and believers (me, us). These are a bit shorter compared to the God list, but I'm continually adding to them as well. Read and soak in who Jesus is, who the Spirit is, and who you are, you who have believed in Him. I have been learning that our understanding of identity is absolutely central to our lives, behaviors, relationships, and destinies.


Jesus is:
Micah 5 – our peace
Matthew 1 – the Son of David, the Son of Abraham
Matthew 8 – the Son of God
Matthew 12 – Lord of the Sabbath
Matthew 13 – the one who sows the good seed
Matthew 14 – the Son of God
Matthew 16 – the Christ, the Son of the living God
Matthew 21 – he who comes in the name of the Lord
Matthew 25 – the King
Mathew 27 – the King of Israel
Mark 1 – the Holy One of God
Mark 5 – Son of the Most High God
Mark 8 – the Christ
Mark 11 – the coming kingdom of our father David
Mark 14 – the Nazarene, the Christ, the Son of the Blessed
Mark 15 – the King of the Jews
Mark 16 – risen, not here
Luke 1 – the Son of the Most High, holy, the Son of God, the sunrise 
Luke 2 – a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, the consolation of Israel, your salvation, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel
Luke 3 – My Beloved Son
Luke 4 – the Holy One of God, the Son of God
Luke 8 – Son of the Most High God
Luke 9 – the Christ of God, my Chosen One
Luke 22 – among you as the one who serves
John 1 – God, flesh, the Lamb of God, the Son of God, the King of Israel, the Son of Man, the Word, the true light which enlightens everyone, the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth, he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit, the Messiah, him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph
John 3 – a teacher come from God, the one who has the bride, the bridegroom, above all, from above, from heaven
John 4 – the Messiah, the Savior of the world
John 5 – the man who healed me
John 6 – the bread of life, the bread that came down from heaven, the Holy One of God 
John 8 – the light of the world, not of the world, I am
John 10 – the door of the sheep, the good shepherd
John 11 – the resurrection and the life, the Christ, the Son of God, the Teacher
John 13 – Lord an Teacher
John 14 – the way, the truth, and the life, in the Father
John 19 – the King of the Jews
John 20 – my Lord and my God
Acts 3 – the Holy and Righteous One, the Author of Life
Acts 5 – Leader and Savior 
Acts 10 – Lord of all
1 Corinthians 1 – the power of God and the wisdom of God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption
2 Corinthians 2 – the Lord of glory
1 Corinthians 3 – the foundation, God’s 
Ephesians 1 - The Beloved
Ephesians 2 - our peace 
Ephesians 4 - the one who also ascended far above all the heavens 
Ephesians 5 - the head of the church
Colossians 1 – the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, before all things, the head of the body, the beginning, the firstborn from the dead
Colossians 2 – God’s mystery, the head of all rule and authority  
Colossians 3 - your life 
Hebrews 1 – the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of His nature 
Hebrews 3 - the apostle and high priest of our confession 
Hebrews 4 - a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, the Son of God 
Hebrews 5 - the source of eternal salvation, a high priest after the order of Melchizedek 
Hebrews 7 - the guarantor of a better covenant, able to save to the uttermost 
Hebrews 9 - mediator of a new covenant, the righteous, the propitiation of our sins
Hebrews 13 – the same yesterday, and today, and forever 
1 Timothy 2 - the mediator between God and man 
1 Timothy 6 - the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light 
2 Timothy 2 - the offspring of David 
Revelation 1 - Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by HIs blood and made us a kingdom; coming with the clouds, the first and the last, the living one, alive forevermore
Revelation 2 - He who searches mind and heart, Him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars, the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens, the Amen, the faithful

The Holy Spirit is: (Still building this list. Scripture talks much more about the Holy Spirit's actions than His characteristics.)
Luke 24 – the promise of My Father, power from on high
John 14 – the Helper, Advocate, Spirit of truth, Counselor
Romans 8 - life because of righteousness 
Ephesians 1 - the guarantee of our inheritance 

Believers are:
(note: any time I found a reference to who believers are, I wrote it down. I didn't edit out the derogatory ones. So my conclusion has been: there really are no derogatory references to those who are saved. In American Christian culture, I think we too often condemn ourselves as sinners, wretches, unworthy, etc. There is a little truth in that, but it's mostly wrapped up in who we were. God wants to tell you who you are. Read on.)
John 1 – children of God
John 3 – not condemned
John 15 – the branches, not of this world
John 18 – of the truth
John 20 – blessed 
Romans 1 - called to belong to Jesus Christ, loved by God, called to be His saints, brothers and sisters 
Romans 6 - baptized into His death, set free from sin, dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus, not under the law, but under grace; slaves of righteousness, slaves of God, 
Romans 8 - not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, debtors, sons of God, children of God, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, called according to His purpose, predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, called, justified, glorified 
Romans 9 - vessels of mercy, my people, beloved, sons of the living God 
Romans 12 - one body in Christ, and individually members of one another 
Romans 14 - the Lord's 
1 Corinthians 1 – called to be saints, called into the fellowship of His Son, in Christ Jesus
1 Corinthians 3 – God’s temple, Christ’s 
1 Corinthians 4 - servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God 
1 Corinthians 6 – not their own, bought with a price 
1 Corinthians 12 - baptized into one body, made to drink of one Spirit, the body of Christ  
2 Corinthians 2 - the aroma of Christ 
2 Corinthians 3 - being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another 
2 Corinthians 4 - servants for Jesus' sake 
2 Corinthians 5 - a new creation, ambassadors for Christ, the righteousness of God 
Galatians 3 - sons of God through faith, one in Christ Jesus, Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise 
Galatians 4 - children of the promise 
Galatians 5 - called to freedom 
Ephesians 1 -  His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all 
Ephesians 2 - His workmanship, fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, a dwelling place for God 
Ephesians 5 - light in the Lord, members of His body 
Philippians 1 - partakers of grace 
Philippians 3 - the circumcision
Colossians 1 – holy, blameless, above reproach before Him
Colossians 2 – made alive together with Him 
Colossians 3 - God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth 
Hebrews 3 - holy brothers and sisters, His house 
1 Peter 1 - being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed
1 Peter 2 - being built up as a spiritual house, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, sojourners, exiles 
1 John 3 - God's children now, those who are called, beloved 
Jude - in God the Father and kept for/by Jesus Christ 
Revelation 1 - a kingdom, priests to God 
Revelation 17 - called and chosen and faithful 

If/when you discover more identities to add to this list, comment below! Don't rest until you have wrestled with discovering your identity in God. 



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