Updated: Feb 4, 2019
"...you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him..." (Colossians 3:9-10)
In Christ, you have much more than mere religion. You received the life and nature of God when you received Christ into your heart. You were literally born
anew; you were born of God.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
You’re a new creature in Christ Jesus. You have the resurrection life, because you were raised together with Christ to a new life altogether.
“But God…hath quickened us together with Christ…And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
When Jesus died, you died with Him. When He was buried, you were buried with Him. When God raised Him from the dead, you were raised together with Him. You received a new life when He was raised from the dead. When He was raised from the dead, He was
born again (Acts 13:33). He came up with a new life, the resurrection life.
So, when the Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17), it means there’s been a supplanting [to take the place of; a replacement] of the old life by the resurrection life. You’re not the old man and former nature that sinned.
That former self is dead; he died in Christ. Your new nature is identified with Christ.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”
Your past with all the failures, weaknesses, and defeat were buried with Him. Now, you have a new life in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!
Righteous Father, I thank you for the reality of the new life of righteousness, which I’ve received in Christ. The old nature with its degeneration, weakness, and defeat has been completely supplanted by the new life of righteousness, victories, triumphs, and strength. I walk in the reality of this transcendent life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:20-24