Whenever you read a Christian book in which the life of the author and the content of the book match you may be on to something special. Combine those elements with well written material, and you have the work we are considering.
Jerry Bridges has long been known for writing that is rich in biblical truth and that edifies those who follow Christ. This book is no exception.
I expected it to be a good read, but found myself chewing on how these truths could impact my life. We live in a society in which folks lack a clear understanding of their self. Sadly this is true even amongst those who identify as Christians.
A careful reading of this book will provide immeasurable benefit in understanding our identity in Christ. It is well written easily grasped. End of the chapter thesis statements help readers not to miss the point.
Each chapter adds another layer in answering the question, Who Am I? Here are Bridges’ thesis statements for each chapter.
1. I am a creature, created in the image of God, fully dependent on him and fully accountable to him.
2. By the work of God, I am no longer in Adam: I am in Christ, through a union that is both living and representative.
3. I am justified, I am righteous before God, because God has charged my sin to Christ and credited to me his perfect righteousness.
4. I am an adopted son of God. I’m a child of the King. I have the privilege in this life of an intimate father-child relationship with him, and I look forward with expectant hope to an eternal inheritance that is far more glorious than anything I can imagine.
5. I am a new creation, with a new heart, a new spirit, and a new identity before God. Having been delivered from the dominion of sin and united to Christ, I am always able to resist temptation. When I do sin, I am always welcome at the cross, for all my sins have been forgiven in Jesus.
6. I am a saint: I do not belong to myself, but to God. I have been purchased and declared holy by God, and set apart for God. Thus, God is ever at work to cause me to grow in spiritual maturity, a process in which he calls me to cooperate, in every way, out of gratitude for his mercy.
7. I am a servant of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, I serve him by serving others in the particular role or roles to which, in his providential wisdom, he has called me.
8. In this life I am and always will be imperfect, a saved sinner, seeking to grow in holiness and relating to God on the basis of grace that is mine because I am…in Christ!