Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NKJV)
Have you ever been in the situation where you see someone, and they look somewhat familiar, but you are not sure if you really know them? You see them, and you think to yourself, “Do I know you?”, because you are not sure who that person might be. Then, suddenly, you recognize that person as someone you do know, but you are seeing them in a completely different situation than you are used to seeing them. Your first reaction is that you don’t recognize them, but you then realize you do know them and you are just seeing them in a different way than you usually see them.
One thing that many Christians struggle with is their identity in Christ. Once we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have a new identity, a spiritual identity in Christ. We are often so familiar with ourselves in our natural setting of life, and the way we have lived for so many years, that learning about our new identity in Christ can take some time. When we start to learn about who we are in Christ, we are really seeing ourselves in a setting that is different from how we usually see ourselves.
When we first learn about who we are as a new creation in Christ, it seems as if this somehow familiar to us, but we don’t recognize ourselves in that way. Paul gives us a key in 2 Corinthians 5:16-17; from now on we don’t want to pay so much attention to who we are naturally, in the flesh, we want to know who we are in Christ. We need to realize that our old identity is gone and we are now a new creation in Christ Jesus. We need to get to know ourselves in Christ and recognize that as our true identity.