“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.“ -2 Corinthians 5:17
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that in 2012, Americans generated approximately 251 million tons of trash, and recycled about 87million tons of that waste. While the Reduce Reuse, Recycle concept, is beneficial in managing our eco system, it’s impractical to the spiritual walk of a believer. Jesus death on the cross was to save us, not to salvage parts of us.
The pre- regenerated nature of man is anti-God (Romans 8:7) therefore it’s only through the born again experience, that the life of Christ is formed in us (Galatians 4:19). How often have we prayed and asked God to change/fix the defective aspects of our character? But Christ in us means instead of striving to manufacture godliness, we can now simply let the life of Christ manifest through us. The Bible instructs us to cloth ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14) and to walk by the Spirit, that we may not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
We cannot walk in freedom and victory if we’re constantly fearful that our old nature and its sinful ways will revive again. Paul declares in Galatians 2:20 that the old nature has been crucified with Christ: “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God…” . Even as Jesus was raised from the dead, we too are walking in newness of life; the old is gone!