17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! (AMP) (emphasis mine)
Here we see what God has done for us. This is our new identity. This is where our being is solidified in Christ. This is our mold where we are conformed. We are new creations in Christ Jesus! Our old nature, that sinful, fleshly, Adamic nature has been crucified with Jesus on the cross. The word crucified here means to crucify along with.
6 We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. (AMP)
We have been methistēmi, transferred, or transposed and removed from one place to another. (Col 1:13) Jesus has paid for our transfer. (1 Cor. 7:23) We are no longer bound to sin. Once our identity is solidified with this truth we can no longer be conformed to this world and will no longer be under its influence. We are dead to sin and must reckon ourselves so. (Rom. 6:11) The word “reckon” in Greek is logizomai. This means to reckon, count, compute, and calculate. It’s a mathematical term. Two plus two “reckoned” is four. Our old nature plus crucified along with Christ “reckoned” is dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Oh the glorious destruction of sin and our sin nature!
We are no longer bound and inhibited by this first heaven life! We are seated together with Christ in heavenly places. Together is Greek is sygkathizō which means – to cause to sit down together, place together. Co-heirs!
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us [a]joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (AMP)
When I think of our identity and placement in Christ, I can’t help but think of Esther 5:3. Esther found favor with King Ahasuerus and he offered her up to half the kingdom. Not saying God gives us up to half of His kingdom but He does give us His Kingdom and we are seated together with Him. I think of Matt. 5:3,10 and Matt 11:11, Luke 7:28. Among those born of woman there has not been one greater than John the Baptist. In other words John the Baptist was the man, he was the one who prepared the way for Jesus…and Matt 11:11 and Luke 7:28 both so the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist. We are greater than Adam, Enoch, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, Elijah, Elisha, Ezekiel, Daniel, King David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Joseph, etc. Those least in the kingdom are greater than all these Old Testament Godly men.
This is our identity! This is the new creation, the Kainos Ktisis. We are a new breed, species, creature, and creation that has never existed on earth before Christ’s resurrection.
Identity comes from what God says about you regardless of profession, gender, calling, background, and upbringing. He calls you blessed! He calls you sons and not slaves. Your heart is good and no longer evil and stone. You have a new spirit, bound to the goodness of God.
All of our identity is in Christ, the firstborn of many sons. We are included in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s relationship and even partakers of His Divine Nature. And with this truth our identity is solidified being conformed (having the same form) to the image of Christ so that the world’s mold will never be able to conform us again.
2 Peter 1:4
4 By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature. (AMP) (Emphasis mine)
We are sons (huios) of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:26)
We are saints and no longer sinners!