When Jesus was raised from the dead, God created a brand-new self, a new you that was resurrected with him. He replaced your old identity from Adam with your new identity in Christ.
This resurrected new self is clarified in a familiar verse, 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (NASB).
The phrase new creation means a new species, which says there are two kinds of humans in the world today. Spiritually speaking, some have their identity still in Adam and some have their identity now in Christ. Let me circle back to Galatians 2:20, to make this clearer. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
For many years, when I read that verse, I thought it was speaking of a spiritual state I would arrive at one day, putting me on the highest plane of the Christian life. If you step back and read the verse carefully, however, you see it’s talking about something God has already done to us that affects our present life. Let me personalize Galatians 2:20 for you by inserting a few words to give it real meaning:
I [insert your name], [the old me in Adam], have been crucified [past tense] with Christ and I [the old me in Adam] no longer live, but Christ lives in me [the new me in Christ]. The life I [the new me in Christ] now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God [who is in me], who loved me and gave himself for me.
Do you see the difference? Do you see what God has already finished? The old self is gone and there is only one self—the new you in Christ!
(From God’s Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think by Mark Maulding, pages 65-66)
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