Off With The Old, Putting On The Newaaron
One of the key aspects of becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, that I wish was explained to me early in my life, was that I was given a new nature when I became born again. That new nature was a new spirit, that was given to us by God Himself, through Jesus Christ. We became righteous and justified before God because of Jesus.
Romans 3:20-26 “20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.“
If fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 18 says that we are new creatures.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 “17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
The Greek word for “new” is the word kainos, which includes the definitions “recently made, fresh, unused, unworn, of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of.” The Greek work for “creature” is the word ktisis, which includes “thing created: of individual things, beings, a creature, a creation.” When we were born again, our spirit became something that never existed previously, made after the image of God. That is the real you.
After we become born again, we still have the same bodies and we still think the same way, but we have a new sinless spirit man. That is how God see’s us. He see’s us as holy and without blame in His sight, Ephesians 1:4-6. It is through the study of the Bible that we learn about our new nature, find our new identity and how to live that out in our lives. Here are a few examples about what the Bible says about our new nature.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.“
- Galatians 5:22-24 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
- Romans 6:6-7, 9-11 “6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. … 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- Hebrews 4:15-16 “15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
- Mark 16:17-18 “17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
- Colossians 1:13-14 “13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:”
- Luke 10:19-20 “19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
- 1 John 4:17 “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.“
- Romans 8:10-11 “10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.“
Your previous nature is dead. Discover who you are from scripture and identity with it instead. We all must renew our minds to who we really are in the spirit. It doesn’t mean you will nail all of this down immediately. It is a process. As you learn it, apply it. If you blow it, don’t worry. Apply 1 John 9: 1, ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Once you do, believe you are forgiven, and let it go because God does also.