Who you are can be a nagging question that has many and varied answers. Parents, teachers, friends, spouses, children, bosses, co-workers, and pastors, among others, can have very different answers. Sometimes other people’s answers can even be in direct opposition to how we would answer the question.
God created every single person in His image and paid a huge price for our redemption. That redemption is waiting as a gift for all who place their faith in Christ. Yet, individual choices to place faith in Christ do not change the truth that each of us was created in God’s image. As a result, there is one source that is always accurate and always true when seeking an answer for who you are. That source is the Bible. As the written word of God, it reveals who God thinks each of us is. In the noise of the many responses that may confront us each day, it is worth remembering just what it is God says.
Who You Are According to First Peter
First Peter contains a concentration of statements that answer this important question. Thanks to Doug Kempton for highlighting our identity in Christ in his recent sermon 1 Peter Recap: Identity & Purpose.
You have been “born again to a living hope.” (1 Pet. 1:3*)
You have “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.” (1 Pet. 1:4)
God thinks so highly of you that He sent prophets who “serving not themselves but you … preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.” (1 Pet. 10-12)
“You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.” (1 Pet. 1:18-19)
“You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable.” (1 Pet. 1:23)
You are “in the sight of God chosen and precious.” (1 Pet. 2:4)
“You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.” (1 Pet. 2.5)
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession.” (1 Pet. 2.9)
“Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Pet. 2.10)
“By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Pet. 2:24)
You are worthy of “the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Pet. 5:4)
God “has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, [and] will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Pet. 5:10)
In summary, you are worthy of God’s greatest gifts and are more precious to Him than anything else He has ever created. I encourage you to rest in Him and the wondrous person He created you to be.
* This and all following biblical references are from the English Standard Version. Copyright © 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers