The word of God is the truth. What it says about people is true. What it says about you is also true. Now, what you think about yourself might not be what the word of God says. The way to really know who you are is to find out what the word of God says. Your identity is basically founded in your relationship with God.
As a child of God, the Spirit of God dwells within you. The seed of God is in you and when you become aware of the life within you changes your perception. Your name is not your true identity because you can change it at any time, but you cannot change your spirit which is knit to your soul and body.
When you become still before God you can enter a realm that makes self-observation possible. This is a place where you become aware of internal activities in your own being which are usually mistaken for who you really are. The part of you that is aware of these activities is the true sense of who you really are. That is your “spirit man” or the inner man. This is why true change really begins from within.
Watching oneself from within brings change to the way you live. When you know for sure that God is really watching you, then real change occurs. That is why the word of God is likened to a mirror that helps us to make the changes in life for better. Who you are is already within you because the Spirit of God quickens and changes you to being a child of God.
In this same experience you become one with God by the same Spirit. If you are not one with God, it means you are still separated from him because of sin. Jesus is the one who shed the blood that cleanses us from sin. Through Jesus we change from the person we call the “old man” to what we call the “new man”.
Paul the Apostle said that it was no longer him that lived, but that Christ lived in him. In Galatians 2: 20 the Bible says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (KJV). Paul was saying that Jesus had taken over.
When people looked at Paul, they were instead seeing Jesus Christ (the new man) who was manifested from within him. Paul was saying that people should just watch the way he lived and they would then know who he is. Paul was a child of God and his identity was rooted in that “father son” relationship.