Am I New?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (
Galatians 2:20)

A new creation! How we rejoice that in Christ, we are new! The power of the resurrection eradicates the power of sin and death over our life and we are found to be children of God! Hallelujah!

And then we read the words of Paul in Romans:

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it,
but it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:15-20)

If we are honest, we all can relate to his words. How many times, in this journey of following Jesus, do we wonder if we we’re really made new in Christ, or if that part of the Christian identity somehow missed us?

We have not been missed. The reality is that we are new creations in Christ and we do continue sin. We live in the tension—in between the sin of humanity and where creation will be fully redeemed and restored to what God originally intended for us. We are process-developed men and women, seeking to be more like Christ. He is making us new each day. May we find encouragement and hope in what Paul has to say next:

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life
has set you free from the law of sin and death. (
Romans 7:24-25; 8:1-3)

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