Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
You are a new creation in Christ! Now that you are a new creation in Him, it is time to believe old things have passed away. All things in your life are new. Your body didn’t change when you believed in Christ. Your mind was the same when you were born again. So what changed and became new?
You consist of three parts—spirit, soul (mind), and body (1Thessalonians 5:23). Your spirit is where you became new—where you were born again.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh,” Jesus said, “and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:5-6, NKJV).
You were completely changed and filled with the fullness of God in your born-again spirit when you were saved. Your old identity—your sinful nature—passed away when Jesus Christ saved you. You became totally new in Him. But you can look at yourself—in your flesh, and see nothing has changed. You still have thoughts and temptations as you had before becoming a new creation. However, you have the fullness of God and His righteousness and power living within your born-again spirit (Ephesians 1:18-20). The new creation you are in your born-again spirit can transform your mind and body (Romans 12:2). Your mind (soul) is where you receive the fullness of understanding of God’s Truth, and your flesh (body) is where you live what you believe.
When you start to believe what you received when you were born-again, you can turn from sinful thoughts and stand against evil. When you believe in your mind (soul) the fullness of God you have received in your spirit, you know the old has passed away. You know you are a new creation in Christ. You believe that you are no longer defined by your past or the old person you once were. When something rises to tempt or shame you, you can say, “No! That is not me. The real me is in Christ. He lives in me, and that is who I am!”
Knowing your identity in Christ comes from having a personal revelation from God’s Word. The Holy Spirit guides you into all Truth (John 16:13). You can listen forever to others declaring His Truth, but until His Word transforms your mind and you believe it in your heart, you will not experience the newness of life you received in your born-again spirit. You will forever struggle to try to obtain the freedom you have already received in Christ.
You must take ownership of God’s Truth and allow the Holy Spirit access to your mind. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal to you what Christ has given you in your born-again spirit. He wants to renew your mind and convince you of who you are as His new creation.
Are you ready to live the freedom you have in Christ? Allow the Holy Spirit to convince you! Be renewed in your mind by the Truth He reveals. Put on your new nature and determine to believe His Truth (Ephesians 4:23-24). You will begin to see yourself as God sees you—as the new creation He has made you.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher