2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The scripture informs us that we are a new creation the moment we put our faith in Christ but also thrusts us to live accordingly from that newness. Both are important. One deals with who we are before God and the other is who we need to be before man. The order is crucial though — Christ and who we are in Him is of first importance. Living our lives outside of that new identity is spiritual folly at its finest. One should not live and act for what he wants to be before God but rather on what God made him already in Christ. The former renders Christ’s work worthless and the latter radiates Christ work and glory all the more.
Ephesians 4:22-24 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Christianity in its core is a matter of identity. An identity that was purchased by Jesus’ precious blood on the cross. It is a finished work grounded in His death and resurrection (Philippians 3:10). The cross changed everything. We are new. And from this newness we walk and show the work of Christ in(Philippians 2:13) and through us (Philippians 4:13). A Christian would be as a foolish man who chose to live his life as a beggar though having a hundred of millions sitting in his bank. A lame analogy but a weighty reminder not to live our lives apart from the richness and abundance of God’s grace. Our victory is through our knowledge of Him and our downfall is our ignorance of Him (Colossians 2:7, Hosea 4:6).
This section seeks to answer the fundamental questions related to God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) in us. Who is this man in Christ? Why is he new? Why are all things of the old passed away? What are the new things? The answers to these questions would directly affect our view of God and of ourselves.