Who We Are
The Authoritative Version
From the moment of birth, we humans try to find and understand our identity. Every element that comes into our lives, from order of birth, gender, physical characteristics to different skill levels, intelligence, career, social status -- they all play a part in who we perceive ourselves to be as well as who the world (society at large) considers us to be.
According to the Bible, the truth is that our identity is not earned, or achieved, but received. We received our identity when God, our Creator, decided to create humankind in His image and likeness. That is our identity, and it is how our value is established. We are no less valuable, nor any more valuable than any other human on this planet, but we reflect to the entire creation its very Creator.
In Christ we received the right to be God’s children as the Bible points out in John 1:12: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
As the Church, the body of Christ, we are people redeemed through His sacrifice, striving to live lives that bring glory and honor to God.