By Patsy Cameneti
When you were born the first time, you were born with a natural birth, a birth from natural parents and bloodline. You were born into Adam’s race as a human, of course. However, do you know what happened when you declared Jesus to be the Lord of your life? You died. Your body didn’t die, but the spiritual person you were when you were born, died.
And, at the same time, you were born again.
That term born again is more than just church jargon, it’s what Jesus told Nicodemus would happen if anyone would believe in Him. The person’s spirit would literally be born again into Christ, the last Adam’s race. This new species is still very human, but the difference is that Christ actually lives in each born-again Christian.
On our own, the damage done to us in Adam can only be cosmetically dealt with and covered. The fractures can perhaps be filled in, but not gone. We would have to learn to tolerate and cope with them because the human spirit was separated from the life of God by sin, which is what created the fractures in the first place. The only thing that could stop the fractures from dominating us was for us to die. After all, people in cemeteries don’t have a problem with crime, and not one of them struggles with depression, anger, unfaithfulness, manipulation, selfishness, or any of the other stereo-typical negative behavior.
Jesus’ death supplied us with a spiritual disconnect from Adam’s line. And Jesus’ resurrection supplied a new birth for anyone who would believe in Him.
We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that if anyone is “in Christ” all things are made new.
Are you in Christ? If so, identify yourself in Him, and every opportunity you can, claim it. It’s important that the potency of this statement doesn’t get watered down into religious terminology. It’s real!
When you’re born again, even though you still have the body that came from your parents, your spirit is regenerated—not just cleaned up. It’s this new spirit that puts you in the last Adam race or the in-Christ race. In the same way that death worked out of the first Adam’s spirit to affect the rest of his person, now life works out of your regenerated spirit to affect the rest of your person.
Jesus was the firstborn, or the first person, the head, or the prototype of this new race, this last Adam race. And part of our destiny is to look like Him. We are ordained to bear His image. That’s the plan! It’s not just because we wear a bracelet on our arm that says, “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s not just because there are external rules from the outside to guide Christian behavior with do’s and don’ts. No, it’s actually and in reality who we are.
You are in this new race, and this is what you look like now—the characteristics of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. When it says you’re a new creature created in Christ Jesus, you were created after what image? His image!
You may say, “What does this have to do with being a husband or a mother?” Everything! It affects how each gender expresses God’s characteristics through each of our roles. Whether you’re male or female, you look like God.
For example, if you’ve been uncompassionate, selfish, unfaithful, or anything else like it, acknowledge that those characteristics have passed away. Call them dead. Bury them. Secondly, acknowledge the contrasting godly characteristic that are a part of your nature in Him. Identify them. Worship those qualities in Him but also identify them in you, because everything He is, He is in you.
“To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.”
Colossians 1:27 (AMPC)