You are a new creation. Behold, the old is gone and the new has come! This is true whether you are experiencing it or not. Therefore, you will enter into that experience little by little as you understand who you now are and begin to actively believe it.
Paul states we are raised up together with Christ through the cross. At the same time he also states that we have been buried with Jesus and that the body of sin has been put to death.
If we don’t understand what it is to be fully dead then we will not taste of being raised to life.
Matthew 10:38 – …and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
The cross is a symbol of death. What is the death we have buried in the grave of water baptism? What are we dead to, in order that we might live? We’ve talked about the first death previously, as well as the second one. Now, at last, we come to the third death: a death to the curse and the cursed life of Adam.
In Jesus, the Last Adam, you are:
- Dead to the doubt of Adam.
- Dead to the fear of Adam.
- Dead to the limitations of Adam.
- Dead to the blindness of Adam.
When Adam fell, he forfeited a supernatural life. The Adam that we now know is not the Adam that once was. The original Adam started out just as Jesus. He was faith-filled, he was courageous, he was powerful, he was one with Father. But we now see a fallen, marred, shadow of who Adam was. This is why we are to look to Jesus to understand our new and true identity. God has recreated us as new creatures in Jesus. Jesus the last Adam is the model of our new nature.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
The death that you embrace is a death to the limited characteristics of Adam.
The death that you embrace is a death to your past, your history and your lineage. In 2 Corinthians Paul tells the believers that we are not to regard, remember or consider one another according to lineage, history, sins, shortcomings or past life. All that has been put to death and swallowed up in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 – So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
We bear the image of Jesus. We are transformed as we behold him more and more and understand that He, the victorious one, is our true identity. We are just like our maker. And as we gaze upon him with faith to understand this, we will be transformed, from glory to glory, until we fully are like Him.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Confess these truths over yourself and refuse to say any other thing. Bring all your thoughts under this reality and truth. Refuse to fall under what you now see and experience. Rather, continue to believe the fullness of Jesus is yours.
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