“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
The majority of Christ-followers do not fully understand who they truly are. They basically believe that they are still the same person; only improved. They look at their new life like they are now place in the witness protection program. They are given a new name, new address, and new employment but they are still the same person.
The truth is they are a TOTALLY new person. “…has become new..” Not will become in the future. The old life is gone (in the past); a new life has begun.” We are a new person because of your relationship with Jesus Christ. But it is only when we claim that identity that we begin to receive the benefits.
Let’s say that I am a love-child of Warren Buffet. He is my biological father but I am totally unaware of my true identity. One day someone shows me irrefutable evidence that I am his child. A DNA test is performed and I am found his child. But it is only as I CLAIM my identity that I receive benefits for that relationship.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! and so we are… 1Jn. 3:1
Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children. John 1:12 GNT