A decade ago I thought I knew who I was. But I didn’t. Not really.
I understood the Gospel. At least I thought I did. My path had turned God-ward. I went to church every Sunday morning, led a home Bible study every Thursday night, and had daily “quiet times” that usually lasted more than an hour. But who was I really? Was I a good person? Was I a bad person? Was I the kind of person who would be acceptable to God “just as I am?”
The answer suddenly appeared eight years ago when Jerry Bridges entered my life as friend and mentor. One of the first things he did was reshape my understanding of who I am. He did it by connecting two little words: In Christ.
Two little words but we spent dozens of hours discussing what it meant to be united to Christ by authentic faith. We still discuss it. The nature of the union between sinner and Savior is one of the greatest of mysteries. I don’t claim to fully understand it. Not even close.
But what little I know of it has reaped huge benefits. Simply remembering who I am in Christ has steeled me when facing difficulty, discouragement, disappointment, suffering, persecution, and false accusation. Remembering who I am in Christ levels me out when I succeed and pride rises. And when I falter in any way, it soon becomes obvious I have forgotten what it means to be in Christ.
I treasure all the conversations I’ve had with Jerry on this subject over the years. I wish I could share them with all of you. And now there’s something even better. A short, easy-to-read, inexpensive book overflowing with encouragement, entitled: Who Am I? Identity in Christ.
I am a Creature
I am in Christ
I am Justified
I am an Adopted Son of God
I am a New Creation
I am a Saint
I am a Servant of Jesus Christ
I am Not Yet Perfect
Sound good? Renowned theologians J.I. Packer (author of Knowing God) and R.C. Sproul think so. You can read their endorsements HERE.
If you’ve ever questioned whether you’re a good person, a bad person, or the kind of person who would be acceptable to God “just as you are” be sure to read this book and discover how two little words, in Christ, make all the difference.