Through Jesus we change from the kind of person we call the “old man” to what we call the “new man”. Through Jesus Christ our identity changes to that of a child of God and a child of God is really a new man. In this kind of life, sinful ways are abandoned and righteous ways are desired, accepted and practiced in one’s own life.
As a child of God the seed of God is within you. The relationship you have with God is the one in which power travels. Remember power travels in relationship and when you are related to God as his child it means you have access to his power and his power is supernatural. God’s power raised Christ from the dead and it will raise the dead at the of return of Christ. There is no power greater than the power of God in all creation.
Paul the Apostle said that it was no longer him that lived, but Christ who was within him. In Galatians 2: 20 the Bible says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (KJV). Paul was saying that Jesus had taken over because of what happen within him. He surrendered his own will to God and now Jesus was alive within him because of that commitment. The Apostle Paul never held any claim to the sinful ways that he abandoned when he met Christ. He was a new man willing to press on to the mark of the high calling in Christ. Forget the past and press on!
- What the Death of Christ Means for us (hillsbiblechurch.org)
- Imitating Paul, the Apostle (lifeandbuilding.com)