“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17)…. “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ” (Phil.1:27). ‘You, my brothers and sister, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh, rather, serve one another- Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit’ (Gal 5:13, 24-25)
In light of the above referenced Scripture, it is evident that no one, none of us can effectively exhibit our new identity in Christ except we daily are sensitive to the reality of our identity in Him. And it should be so if indeed we are truly in Christ and He has changed us from inside out. Otherwise, we will be living a defective fake life bringing dishonor and shame to the name of Christ that we claim to bear. If something else is more important to us than who we are in Christ, then most probably we are yet to know Him because no one can really know and experience Him in a personal way and remain the same.
Apostle Paul who God inspired to pen all the Scriptures above also appeals to all acclaimed believers in Christ as follows; “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not comfort to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me, I say to every one of you; Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with faith God has distributed to each of you” (Romans 12:1-3). This is why those of us in Christ always have to be extra sensitive to our new identity in Him. The word of God is always available to guide us aright as per Hebrews 4:12. The Holy Spirit of God is our possession to listen to and do His bidding living in holiness and righteousness and love like Jesus whose part we essentially belong (John 15:5-7) Dr. Johnson Omoni