Rethinking our Identity — Who are we exactly?

Are we simply Children of God? Or are we called to be something else?

Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?”
The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? – John 10:32-36, ESV.

We frequently remind ourselves that we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ [1]. Every once in a while, we encourage one another with the fact that we are children of God. When we get into disputes, we calm ourselves with the knowledge of our real value and our ability to judge angels in the ages to come [2]. And when we think about the afterlife, we think ourselves as the glorious bride of Christ prepared for an eternity with Him [3].

So who exactly are we? Are we God’s equal? Or at the very least, are we Jesus’ equal? After all, He did say that we will do greater things than He if we had the faith [4]. So, who exactly are we? Surely, we can’t be just mere humans leading purposeless life if our callings are to be the bride of the living God and the ambassadors of the Word [5]?

Are we… “gods” as what scriptures say we are [6]?

Okay, Jesus might have referred to these people the Psalmist called “gods” as the people by whom the Word of God came from (ref: John 10:35). But one cannot deny that people who’ve written scripture(s)—whether within the Biblical Canon or not—are God-breathed [7]. These texts are texts that were touched by the Holy Spirit. These living breathing texts that touches lives are the Spirit Himself [8].

Let’s take a moment and pause here and ponder on this thought. People who wrote the scriptures were “gods”. The scriptures in itself is the Spirit. The Spirit is God. The scriptures in itself is God. The Spirit now resides in every believer [9]. This very same Spirit that gave Adam life, that empowered Old Testament’s prophets, that raised Christ from the dead, now resides in the hearts of believers, empowering us with everything good to do His will [10].

In other words, we are chosen by God to be created in His image. We are adopted as Children of God and disciplined with divine teachings. We are empowered by God to do every good deed so as to be ambassadors of the divine Kingdom we belong to. All of these are our tasks while we prepare ourselves to marry God Himself and to rule alongside Christ for the rest of eternity [11].

Like the Pharisees, I dare not look at my lowly sinful self as God’s equal. But as I ponder on the will of the Father and the salvation work that Christ has done, I cannot help but be overwhelmingly at awe with such a calling God has in store for us.

So, are we “gods” as what Christ suggested we are? Personally, I dare not associate myself with that term. But there’s one thing that I am sure about: That God is residing within me and one day I’ll be with Him in eternal bliss.


[1] – Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. — Romans 8:17, NIV.

[2] – Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! — 1 Corinthians 6:3, NIV

[3] – One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” — Revelations 21:9, NIV.

[4] – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” — John 14:12-14, NIV.

[5] – We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. — 2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV.

[6] – “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ — Psalms 82:6, NIV

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”‘? — John 10:34, NIV

[7] – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. — 2 Timothy 3:16, NIV.

[8] – The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life. — John 6:63, NIV.

[9] – You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. — Romans 8:9, NIV.

[10] – Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. — Hebrews 13:20-21, NIV.

[11] – To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. — Revelations 3:21, NIV.

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