God’s word tells us that if we are in Christ (born again—looking to Christ alone for our salvation), we are NEW Creations. (2 Corinthians 5:17) But what does that mean in simple terms?
Holy Spirit led me to 1 Corinthians 1:30 this morning. Here is what it says out of the NKJV—
“But of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—” But what exactly is this saying?
Again, I looked at about 6 different translations and then paraphrased them changing the broad application to me. While it is longer than the NKJV, it opened my eyes again to the blessing of the new life Jesus gave us at the cross.
Here goes: My oneness in Christ is God’s doing. When God sees me, He sees Jesus. God accomplished in Christ what I could never achieve through self-discipline or willpower. By God’s design, I am IN Christ. My wisdom is found in our union. Also, my righteousness and holiness come from Him. My redemption is validated in Him.
He redeemed my true identity, the one God gave me when He created me. It includes my health, my joy, my peace, my innocence, my complete well-being, and much more. Read these previous 2 paragraphs a few times out loud and let them rewrite your inner narrative. It isn’t about striving, stressing, and struggling. It’s not our job to recreate ourselves or take credit for the improvement. It is about embracing what He’s already done.
God created us for oneness with Him. He created us to see Him as our Savior. We are meant to be healthy, full of peace, full of joy, full of power and authority, etc. He took us OUT of the kingdom of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of LIGHT. (Colossians 2:13)
He deserves ALL the credit. He alone made us righteous, holy, and fully conformed to His will. All we are called to do is to believe and follow Him and He even gives us the grace to do it.
So, the next time you blow it, or the enemy says, “you aren’t measuring up,” go to God and tell Him. Confess sin for what it is and then thank Him for forgiveness and the new nature He gave you. Let Him remove all that hinders you. (1 John 1:9) Reread this scripture and keep confessing who you really are and keep walking in Him.
It’s time to fully receive God’s gift of new creation and send the enemy and our own self-condemnation packing. Be blessed. He’s given us all we need.