Let’s talk deep to clear off ignorance and doubt. Until we grab certain truth, we remain in the shadow.
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)
There’s a lot in that verse but let me share little with you.
Do you know that sin was destroyed in Jesus(body) and not in Christ?(spirit) There’s no sin in Christ but our sin was condemned in Jesus(Romans 8:3.) Very important. The Christ (spirit) put on Jesus(body) so he can destroy the sin of men. Listen, there would be nothing like sin or mentioning of sin if the people who preached the gospel were gentiles. Those who began with the gospel were Jews so every act against the law of sin is sin to them. That’s why even though sin dead yet called carnality as sin.
Now, outside Christ, every single person is forgiven in Jesus. Only those who believe are new creation in Christ. The new creation is found in Christ while forgiveness of sin is found in Jesus. In Jesus, sin is dead and all are delivered but in Christ, those who believe have life.
Now, take note of the above verse carefully. Paul was very careful there. He didn’t say, if any man be in Jesus, he is a new creation rather he said in Christ.
Why? Because every single person died in Jesus but not everybody rose with Christ. Jesus is the man who walked on earth. Christ is the spirit who resurrected. When ever the Bible talk about Christ before resurrection, it referring to the risen one not the man Jesus. The name Jesus is referring to the body while Christ is referring to the spirit. It is a clear picture of flesh and spirit That’s why John said:
” Whosoever #believeth_that_Jesus_is_the_Christ_is_born_of_God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.”
(1 John 5: 1)
You see that? One must acknowledge the risen Christ to be born again not Jesus. If you don’t acknowledge the Christ, you can’t be saved. Because it takes knowledge of the Christ for the spirit of Christ to awake you. In fact, we can say Peter got saved before Jesus dead and resurrected. Because he saw the risen Christ by revelation before he rose.
(1 John 2 )
22 Who is a liar but he that #denieth_that_Jesus_is_the_Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
You see, you must see Christ in Jesus. Once you acknowledge the Christ, you will be saved. Why? Because it take the Spirit of Christ to give the world life not Jesus(body.) (Romans 8:9)
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
You must acknowledge the son of God to be born of God and the son of God is Christ. Christ become the son of God only when he resurrected not when he walked on earth.(Romans 1:1-4) God is a spirit so he can’t give birth to a body call Jesus. Jesus is a body not a spirit.. The Jesus who came through Mary is called miracle not the birth of God. He is called son of man not son of God. The birth of God is the risen Christ.
Whenever the Bible mention the son of God before resurrection, it is referring to the risen one not the natural birth body. Christ is a spirit while Jesus is a body where sin was condemned.
The death and resurrection of Christ speak a lot. Now Christ would not have been Lord over all if he remain in the grave. He would not reign over satan, etc.
(1 Corinthians 15 )
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Jesus’ death would be useless without resurrection. So, even though everyone dead in Jesus but if they fail to put faith in the resurrected Christ as they hear the gospel of Christ the Spirit, they will perish. Yes, in the body of Jesus, all were dead. Sin was condemned but only those who put faith in Christ are called new creation. Why?
Because the new creation is identical to Christ and since Christ rose, the new creation rose. Once people put faith in the risen Christ, they become the resurrected Christ. They are the one God rose from the dead. The resurrected Christ is a picture of the man who died and rose again. The crucified Jesus on the cross was a picture of a man killed by sin. The resurrected Christ is a picture of how God raised man from the dead.
Therefore, only those who put faith in the resurrected Christ experience the new creation. That’s why he said, if any man be IN CHRIST not if any man be in Jesus. Only those in Christ are born of God and those in Jesus are forgiven but no life. You must believe in Christ to receive life until then, you are still dead in Jesus(body.)
~ Philip Quao