Therefore if any man be be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)
Lately, I have been in a season of study of identifying who I am in Christ. The enemy uses our lack of knowledge of not only us not knowing who we are in Christ, but also the fact of us actually believing that we are who the bible says that we are. For me the above scripture is the beginning of our understanding exactly who we are in Christ. Scripture tells us that if any man be in Christ that he is a new creature. In order for us to grasp all aspects of who we are in him. We must first have the knowledge that we are made new in Christ. The old has passed away. Meaning the old man, our old way of thinking, our old way of reacting, our old habits. We take on the new. We take on the mind of Christ. Part of us knowing our identity in Christ. Is coming to the realization that we are no longer the old sinful man. One of the reasons why we struggle with believing that through Christ we are a new creation. Is that the enemy constantly likes to remind us of our past mistakes. He likes to remind us of all the times that we have fallen short. The bible tells us that he is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) He stands before God both day and night accusing the saints. He not only stands before God with accusations, but he also worms himself somehow in our minds. He makes us feel at times that we will never be more than our last sin. There is a but however, but because we are in Christ. We are new. I am learning to understand and I hope that you understand this as well. That we are new in him. Whether we “feel” it or not. Honestly, there will be times that we feel like the flesh is in control. The flesh represents our old carnal man. As long as we are living. There will always be war between our spirit man and our flesh. The two will never agree. Scripture is in place to remind us of not only who we are, but also how God sees us. He sees us as new. In fact scripture tells us that old things are passed away. Passed away simply means died. We are no longer alive to the flesh.
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. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)
The Apostle Paul tells us that he is crucified with Christ. Or another way that i can put in. Crucified in Christ. We too are crucified in Christ. It is the reason why we are new creatures in him. Paul makes a statement and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God. The Apostle Paul is saying that yes, I live in the flesh, but it is through faith in Jesus that he lives through him.. He is saying that he no longer lives to the desires of the old man. He is a new creation. He was basically saying as long as I live on this earth. I live in the flesh, but that doesn’t mean that the flesh lives in me. I live my live in faith through Jesus. Just like Paul we are crucified in Christ. We live life in the flesh, but that flesh no longer has control of us. It is through our faith in the Son of God. That we are made new. I want for you to understand this though. Its not always easy to put our flesh under subjection. Remember we will always be at war with our flesh, but through faith in Christ and his works on the cross it is possible to overcome our sinful nature. In Revelation 21:5 it says that Behold, I make all things new. All things that includes both you and me. Part of understanding our identity and knowing exactly who we are in Christ Jesus. Is that in him we are a new creation. If we don’t get this fact. We will never get that we are chosen in him. The enemy is going to do his job to try to convince us that we are still the same, but we know that because we are in Christ we are made new.