These are written by my hubby...enjoy who you are "in Christ".
This collection of scriptures describes who you and I are in Christ, and the benefits of being in Christ. Aside from the fact that we are part of the body of Christ, being "in Christ" was a concept that baffled me for many years until finally I came to believe that it also means;
To REST "in Christ".............................Psm 37:7
To HOPE "in Christ".............................John 3:3
To TRUST "in Christ"............................Heb 2:13
To BELIEVE "in Christ"..........................John 3:36
To FIND MY LIFE "in Christ....................Col 3:3
To HAVE CONFIDENCE "in Christ"............1 John 5:14
You and I have a hard time believing that "BELIEVING" is what makes it all happen. We think that we have to "DO" something. God knows how weak we really are. That's why He sent His only begotten Son to fulfill the law and to earn salvation for us.
JESUS did it ALL for you and me.
The scriptures were written to the world, the multitude. You and I are entities of that multitude. When you read them as though they were written to you individually instead of to the "world", they take on a much more powerful meaning. It helps you to believe the Word when it is spoken to you personally. "Faith comes by hearing the Word." God wants a personal relationship with you. These scriptures should convince you of that.
I call these IDENTITY SCRIPTURES.
If you are IN CHRIST, then these are part of your ID.
(2 Cor 5:21 NIV) God made Him who had no sin to be sin for _____, so that in Him _____ might BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.
(Heb 10:13-14 NIV) Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice HE HAS MADE PERFECT FOREVER _____ who is being made holy.
(2 Pet 1:2 NIV) Grace and peace be _____'s in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power HAS GIVEN _____ EVERYTHING SHE/HE NEEDS FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS through his knowledge of him who called her/him by his own glory and goodness.
(Rom 8:1-2 NIV) Therefore, THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR _____ who is in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set her/him free from the law of sin and death.
(Col 3:2-4 NIV) Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you, _____, died, and YOUR LIFE IS NOW HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(2 Cor 1:21 NIV) Now it is God who makes _____ stand firm in Christ. He anointed her/him, set his seal of ownership on her/him, and put his Spirit in her/his heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
(Phile 1:6 NIV) I pray that you, _____, may be active in sharing your faith, so that YOU WILL HAVE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF EVERY GOOD THING YOU HAVE IN CHRIST.
(Col 2:9 NIV) For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, _____ HAS BEEN GIVEN FULLNESS IN CHRIST, who is the head over every power and authority.
(Eph 1:2-5 NIV) Grace and peace to _____ from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HAS BLESSED _____ IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST. For he chose _____ in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined her/him to be adopted as his daughter/son through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-
(Rom 8:32) He, who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up. _____ --how will he not also, along with Christ, GRACIOUSLY GIVE _____ ALL THINGS? Who will bring any charge against _____ whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? (Nobody can!) Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for _____. Who shall separate _____ from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (None of the above) (My inserts)
(1 John 3:1) How great is the love the Father has lavished on _____, that SHE/HE SHOULD BE CALLED A CHILD OF GOD! And that is what she/he is! The reason the world does not know _____ is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now _____ is a child of God, and what she/he will be has not yet been made known. But _____ knows that when He appears, she/he shall be like Him, for she/he shall see Him as he is.
(Luke 12:29) _____, do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, _____ for YOUR FATHER HAS BEEN PLEASED TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.
(Gal 2:20 NIV) _____ has been crucified with Christ and she/he no longer lives, but CHRIST LIVES IN HER/HIM. The life _____ lives in the body, she/he lives by faith in the Son of God, who loved _____ and gave himself for her/him.
(Gal 3:13 NIV) Christ redeemed _____ from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for her/him, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed _____ in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to her/him through Christ Jesus, so that by faith _____ might receive the promise of the Spirit.
(Eph 1:13 NIV) And _____ also was included in Christ when she/he heard the word of truth, the gospel of her/his salvation. Having believed, _____ was marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
(Eph 2:4 NIV) But because of his great love for _____, God, Who is rich in mercy MADE HER/HIM ALIVE WITH CHRIST even when she/he was dead in transgressions-it is by grace _____ has been saved.
(Eph 4:22 KJV) That _____ put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of her/his mind; And that _____ put on the NEW WOMAN/MAN, WHICH AFTER GOD IS CREATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS and true holiness.
(Phil 3:20 NIV) _____'s CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN. And she/he eagerly awaits a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform _____'s lowly body so that it will be like Jesus' glorious body.
(NIV 1 Thes 5:3) While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, _____, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. YOU ARE A DAUGHTER/SON OF THE LIGHT AND A DAUGHTER/SON OF THE DAY. You _____, do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
(1 Th 5:8-9 NIV) For God did not appoint _____ to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for _____ so that, whether awake or asleep, she/he may live together with him.
(Rom 7:5-6 NIV) For when _____ WAS controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in her/his body, so that she/he bore fruit for death. But NOW, by dying to what once bound her/him, SHE/HE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE LAW so that she/he serves in the NEW way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
(1 John 4:9-10 NIV) This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that _____ might live through him. This is love: not that _____ loved God, but that HE loved _____ and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for her/his sins.
(Titus 3:4 NIV) But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved _____, not because of righteous things _____ had done, but because of His mercy. He saved her/him through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on her/him generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, _____ might become an heir having the hope of eternal life.
(Rom 14:7-8 NIV) For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If _____ lives, she/he lives to the Lord; and if she/he dies, she/he dies to the Lord. So, whether _____ lives or dies, she/he belongs to the Lord.
(1 Cor 3:16 NIV) Don't you know that you, _____ are God's temple? And that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you, _____, are that temple.
(Rom 8:14 NIV) _____ who is led by the Spirit of God is a child of God. For you, _____ did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship And by him Him you cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with your spirit that you are God's child.
(2 Cor 3:17-18 NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And _____, who with unveiled face reflects the Lord's glory, is being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit…..
(Eph 1:5-6 KJV) Having predestinated _____ unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made _____ accepted in the beloved.
(1 John 4:2-4 NIV) This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus, is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard, is coming and even now is already in the world. You, _____, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
(The spirit of God that is in you is greater than the antichrist spirit)
(Rom 5:1-2 NIV) Therefore, since _____ has been justified through faith, she/he has PEACE WITH GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom she/he has gained access by faith into this grace in which she/he now stands. And she/he rejoices in the hope of the glory of God.
(Rom 8:8-9 NIV) Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You _____, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, _____, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of (HIS) righteousness.
(Phil 4:13 KJV) _____ CAN DO ALL THINGS through Christ, which strengtheneth her/him.
(Col 1:21-22 NIV) Once you, _____, were alienated from God and were an enemy in your mind because of your evil behavior But --NOW --HE HAS RECONCILED YOU, _____, by Christ's physical body through death to present you HOLY in his sight, WITHOUT BLEMISH and FREE FROM ACCUSATION--if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.
(Eph 2:17-19 NIV) He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to you who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you, _____, are no longer a foreigner or an alien, but a FELLOW CITIZEN with God's people and a member of God's household.
(2 Cor 4:14-16 NIV) because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, _____, so that the GRACE that is reaching more and more people MAY CAUSE THANKSGIVING to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly _____ is wasting away, yet inwardly she/he is being renewed day by day. (Grace causes thanksgiving to overflow)
(2 Tim 1:9 NIV) God has saved _____ and called her/him to a holy life--not because of anything she/he has done but because of God's own purpose and grace. This grace was given to _____ in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
(Heb 12:22-23 NIV) But you, _____, have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You, _____, have come to God, the judge of all men, to the SPIRITS OF RIGHTEOUS MEN MADE PERFECT, (Your spirit has been made perfect)
(2 Cor 1:3-5 NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts _____ in all her/his troubles, so that she/he can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort he himself has received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into _____'s life, so also through Christ her/his comfort overflows.
(Heb 13:9 NIV) _____, do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. IT IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART TO BE STRENGTHENED BY GRACE, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.
(Eph 1:7-9 NIV) In Him, _____ has redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of GOD'S GRACE that he lavished on _____ with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to _____ the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
(Rom 5:11 NIV) Not only is this so, but _____ also rejoices in God through his Lord Jesus Christ, through whom _____ HAS NOW RECEIVED RECONCILIATION.
(Rom 4:23 -5:1NIV) The words "it was credited to Abraham" were written not for him alone, but also for _____, to whom God will credit righteousness--for she/he believes in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for her/his sins and was raised to life for her/his justification. Therefore, since _____ has been justified through faith, she/he has peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
(1 Cor 1:27-30 NIV) But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you, _____, are in Christ Jesus, who has become for you wisdom from God--that is, YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS AND REDEMPTION.
(1 Cor 15:55-57 NIV) "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives _____ the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Gal 4:6 NIV) Because YOU, _____, ARE A DAUGHTER/SON, God sent the Spirit of his Son into your heart, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
(Col 3:9-10 NIV) Do not lie to each other, since you, _____, have taken off your old self with its practices and HAVE PUT ON THE NEW SELF, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
(Rom 6:18 NIV) You, _____, HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN and have become a slave to righteousness.
(1 Cor 6:9-11 NIV) Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you, _____, WERE WASHED, you WERE SANCTIFIED, you WERE JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
(2 Cor 1:21-22 NIV) Now it is God who makes _____ stand firm in Christ. He anointed her/him, set his seal of ownership on her/him, and put His Spirit in her/his heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
(Col 1:11-14 NIV) (You)…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who HAS QUALIFIED YOU, _____, to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he HAS RESCUED YOU FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS AND BROUGHT YOU, _____, INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON HE LOVES, in whom you have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(Eph 1:18-20 NIV) I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that YOU, _____, MAY KNOW THE HOPE TO WHICH HE HAS CALLED YOU, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for you who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
(Rom 6:13-14 NIV) Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as YOU, _____, HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FROM DEATH TO LIFE; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because YOU, _____, ARE NOT UNDER LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE.
(Rom 8:11 NIV) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, _____, HE WHO RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD WILL ALSO GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL BODY through his Spirit, who lives in you.
(Rom 8:29-31 NIV) For God foreknew _____ and predestined her/him to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And He predestined _____, CALLED her/him; JUSTIFIED her/him; and GLORIFIED her/him. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If GOD IS FOR _____, who can be against her/him?
(Col 2:13-14 NIV) When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, GOD MADE YOU, _____, ALIVE WITH CHRIST. He forgave you all your sins, having canceled the written code *, with its regulations, that was against you and that stood opposed to you; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
*(The Law, (written code), was against you because it was impossible to keep, but the law is now nailed to the cross and it's by God's grace that you are alive in Christ.)
(John 10:9-11 NIV) I am the gate; _____, who enters through me, will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that _____ MAY HAVE LIFE, AND HAVE IT TO THE FULL. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for _____.
(Eph 4:22-24 NIV) You, _____, were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; TO BE MADE NEW IN THE ATTITUDE OF YOUR MIND and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
(1 Pet 5:6-7 NIV) Humble yourself, _____, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because HE CARES FOR YOU.
(Heb 12:26-29 NIV) At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since _____ IS RECEIVING A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN, let her/him be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."
(2 Cor 5:4-5 NIV) For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made _____ for this very purpose and HAS GIVEN HER THE SPIRIT AS A DEPOSIT, GUARANTEEING WHAT IS TO COME.
(1 Pet 2:4-6 NIV) As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him---you, _____, also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and _____ WHO TRUSTS IN HIM WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME."
(1 Cor 2:9 NIV) However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for _____ who loves him."
(1 Cor 10:13 NIV) No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you, _____, to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
(Col 1:19-20 NIV) For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile to himself _____, BY MAKING PEACE THROUGH HIS BLOOD, shed on the cross.(God is at peace with you. Are you at peace with Him?)
(Eph 2:19-22 NIV) Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. AND IN HIM YOU TOO, _____, ARE BEING BUILT TOGETHER TO BECOME A DWELLING IN WHICH GOD LIVES BY HIS SPIRIT.
(1 Cor 2:12-13 NIV) _____ has not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, THAT SHE/HE MAY UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD HAS FREELY GIVEN HER/HIM. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
(John 3:16-17 NIV) "For God so loved _____ that he gave his one and only Son, that _____ who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn _____, but to save her through Him.
(Rom 6:9-11 NIV) For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for _____; but the life she/he lives, she/he lives to God. In the same way, _____, COUNT YOURSELF DEAD TO SIN BUT ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Rom 5:7-8 NIV) Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for _____ in this: While she/he was still a sinner, Christ died for her/him.
(Eph 1:10-12 KJV) That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also for _____ HAS OBTAINED AN INHERITANCE, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That _____ should be to the praise of his glory, who trusted in Christ.
(Rom 5:3-5 NIV) Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS LOVE INTO _____'s HEART by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given her/him.
(2 Th 2:16 KJV) Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved _____, and hath given her/him everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort _____'s heart, and establish her/him in every good word and work.
(Heb 10:38-39 NIV) But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But _____ is not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
(Heb 4:15-16 NIV) For _____ does not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with her/his weaknesses, but _____ has a high priest who has been tempted in every way, just as _____ is--yet was without sin. Let _____ then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that she/he may receive mercy and find grace to help her/him in her/his time of need.
(Isa 54:8-10 NIV) In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer. "To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I HAVE SWORN NOT TO BE ANGRY WITH YOU _____, NEVER TO REBUKE YOU AGAIN. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet MY UNFAILING LOVE FOR YOU, _____, WILL NOT BE SHAKEN NOR MY COVENANT OF PEACE BE REMOVED," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (God is at peace with you because of what Jesus did for you.)
(2 Cor 5:1-2 NIV) Now _____ knows that if the earthly tent she/he lives in is destroyed, she/he has a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile she/he groans, longing to be clothed with her/his heavenly dwelling,
(Rom 6:20-23 NIV) When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you, _____, have been set free from sin and have become a slave to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but YOUR GIFT FROM GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.
(Phil 3:12-15 NIV) Not that _____, has already obtained all this, or has already been made perfect, but she/he presses on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of her/him. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I, _____, do: FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND AND STRAINING TOWARD WHAT IS AHEAD, I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL TO WIN THE PRIZE FOR WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME HEAVENWARD IN CHRIST JESUS. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.(Let us forget the things of our old nature and look forward to the new man that we are.)
I hope that the love of God was made real to you through these scriptures. I believe that He meant to speak to each one of us individually through His word. His peace is our heritage and Jesus made it all possible for you and I.
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