“Who are you?” Seriously. This is not a trick question. At first reading it seems rhetorical, but it is a very important question for the believer. You see, being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb denotes that we have a complex identity. Although we are are uniquely and entirely ourselves, we also have Christ present in us living out his life through us. I continually marvel at the Apostle Paul’s keen knowledge of this profound truth, being able to speak of himself (or us), yet acknowledging God’s absolute presence in and through us. Consider just a sampling…
But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 4:7
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.