Who Are You?

by Lester Young

It’s something we almost exclusively only ask other human beings. But the most important, revealing and truthful answer we can receive from the question “Who are you?” only comes when we ask it to ourselves.

So then, what’s your response? Who are you, exactly? Let me qualify that a bit, because I’m directing this to born-again believers only: Do you know who you are, really? In case you didn’t get the memo, let’s take a few moments and examine a little bit of your DNA. If you’re in Christ, you are:

The Righteous. It’s not because of anything you did or could’ve done, and that’s actually the best part. It’s all based on Grace. In other words, righteousness – your right-standing in the eyes of God – is from start to finish a gift from our Father. Of course, being a gift doesn’t mean it had no cost, it simply means you didn’t have to pay for it. And you shouldn’t be trying to: the Invoice has already been taken care of, thank you very much (Romans 3:20-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 1:13-14, 2:13-14).

A King. Did you know you’re in charge? You’ve been given the right, the privilege, the authority and the power to call the shots in your own life. You command… in Jesus’ Name! As the righteous you’re expected to be bold as a lion, because God has given you a spirit that exudes power, love and a sound and stable mind. Strong kings don’t cower in fear, they boldly act with assured authority (Proverbs 28:1; Mark 11:23-24; Luke 10:19; 2 Timothy 1:7; Revelation 5:10).

A Priest. You are an official. You hold a divinely appointed office: the office of Priest. That means you officiate for God in matters pertaining to people, and you officiate for people in matters pertaining to God. You seek the Lord, hear His words and speak them to the people. And as the Lord’s ambassador, you seek the people to bring them to the Lord. By and through His holy priests (with Jesus being our High Priest), God propagates His will – His Anointing and Kingdom – throughout the world (Exodus 19:6; Numbers 18:7; Luke 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Hebrews 2:10-11, 3:1; 1 Peter 2:9).

*Notice that you’re both king and priest: in other words, there was never – ever! – supposed to be any “separation of church and state” as current governments attempt to practice. Both seats – each anointed by God – were always meant to peacefully work with, complement and enhance one another (Genesis 14:18; Isaiah 9:6-7; Zechariah 6:12-14; Hebrews 7:1-3). But that’s another rant altogether… for another time…

The Healed. Now regardless of how badly your body ached when you got into bed last night or how long it took you to get started this morning – or even how you’re feeling right now – Jesus has given you perfect health. That’s “given”: i.e., past tense – as in ‘already’; and “By His stripes, you were healed”! Chew on that long enough and eventually you’ll come to realize you’re not a sick person trying to get well, you’re the Healed and you’re standing against someone who’s trying to steal what already belongs to you – your good health (Exodus 23:25; Deuteronomy 7:15; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; John 10:10; 1 Peter 2:24).

The Rich. Think Jesus was poor? Okay, you’re right: He was… for three-and-a-half days. (Care to guess which three-and-a-half days they were?) His family never lacked for anything nor did His Ministry. And from the time He was born He was the legal Heir of everything His heavenly Father had, which was… well, everything! As a matter of fact, those 108 hours of poverty Jesus experienced was for our benefit: it was our poverty that He took upon Himself, just like He took our sicknesses. In exchange, He gave us His Family wealth because now you’re His younger sibling. And, P.S., you’ve also been given His glory, too! (Psalm 24:1; Haggai 2:8; Matthew 2:9-11; Luke 22:35; John 13:29, 16:14-15, 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 2:11-12)

So who are you? In Christ, you’re the righteousness of God, you’re holy royalty, you’re the healed and ridiculously rich. And those are just a few of the good things you’ve become in Him. But the most amazing thing is not that you’re in Christ, but that He’s in you! He’s going to show off His Glory through you and me! (Colossians 1:26-27)

Dig into your Covenant and find out everything you can about your makeover – the “new you” (2 Corinthians 5:17). I guarantee you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.

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