It is essential to understand that when we
accept God's forgiveness and choose to follow Jesus, we are a new
creation -- who we are before God has completely changed.
WHY IS UNDERSTANDING THIS TRUTH IMPORTANT?
We can experience all kinds of obstacles in our life and walk with
God when we fail to understand and accept the truth that God makes
us new when we choose to follow Him. The most common of these problems
are: feeling dirty, guilty, unworthy, discouraged; finding
ourselves living like we did before we had Christ; believing that
God is disappointed with us or that were not good enough for
Him; feeling spiritually dead; approaching situations
with the same mindset and actions as you did before Christ; and
experiencing guilt and defeat in our Christian life.
Usually, the root problem of these difficulties
is not accepting and living out the truth that we are a new creation.
THE TRUTH: WE ARE A NEW CREATION
When we are saved, we are a changed person! Our entire
spiritual identity has been altered. When we dont understand
this truth, we are likely to believe that God doesnt love
us because weve messed up, or that our old spiritual status
is true of us as soon as we sin. If we believe these lies, we end
up living in the mindset and lifestyle we did before we were saved;
if we see ourselves as sinner, well act like one.
We need to resist lies about who we are by thanking
God that we ARE a new creation! The truth about how Christ has changed
our spiritual state gives us great worth and will lead to the life
of freedom and joy that God intended for us to live.
2 Corinthians 5.17 says Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
This verse clearly states that we are no longer who we used to be:
We were spiritually dead, enemies of God, and
condemned to eternal death
but Christ has made us spiritually
We were Gods enemies
we are friends of God and are called His children.
Ephesians 2.4-5 But because of his great love for us, God,
who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were
dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
1 John 3.1 How great is the love the Father
has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And
that is what we are!
John 15.13-15 Greater love has no one than this, that
he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you
do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant
does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you
friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made
known to you.
We were intimidated by God and what He thought
but because of our new standing, we can approach
Him with confidence because He has forgiven us completely.
Ephesians 3.12 In Him and through faith in Him we may approach
God with freedom and confidence.
God saw us as sinful
but because of
Christs work on the cross, its as if when God looks
at us, He sees His son Jesus.
Colossians 1.22 But now He has reconciled you
by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in His
sight, without blemish and free from accusation
Ephesians 1.4 For He chose us in him before the creation
of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight
We will still make mistakes, but if we are saved,
God sees us as righteous.
Because we are a new creation in Christ, our life
will change. Galatians 2.20 says, I have been crucified with
Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me
This means that we have died to ourselves and our sinful nature
and that, instead, Christ is living in us and directing our lives.
Ephesians 4.22-24 says, You were taught, with regard to your
former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted
by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your
minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true
righteousness and holiness.
Identity: Freedom From Sin