2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things have passed away; behold, all things become new.”
This transformation does not take place in the physical realm. This is not talking about your physical body, looks, or mental or emotional part, even though your outlook and perception will start to line up with the spirit the more you read God’s Word. So what is changed? Our spirit-man is changed.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This passage show that we have a spirit, soul, and body. The body part is obvious. The soul is our emotional and mental part. We know that a person may not physically touch you literally, but they can affect you with their words, either positive or negative. The spirit is the part that is changed in this new transformation called salvation. It is actually the life-giving part.
James 2:26 says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
This shows that it is the spirit that actually breathes life into our physical bodies. In Genesis 2 when God created Adam and Eve, Adam’s body was complete, but then God breathed into him the breath of life. The word “breathe” in the Old Testament Hebrew was the exact same word that we use for breath, and it’s translation is “spirit” in other places.
Prior to committing a person’s life to Christ, a person’s spirit is dead. Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you, He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…
We all were spiritually dead before we were born again. The Bible doesn’t mean ceasing to exist, as some people think. It literally means “separation.” The Bible very clearly teaches that when a person dies they either go immediately into the presence of God or into the presence of hell. The soul and spirit continue to live, but there is a “separation” from the physical body.
When God told Adam of the day that he ate of “that tree” he would surely die,” He didn’t mean a physical death, but a spiritual one. They would become separated from God’s Spirit, and then they began to bring offerings and sacrifices for their sin. Their spirit changed.
This life, God’s supernatural life, His holy life, what the Bible calls Zoe life or life in an absolute or abundant sense, is what died inside of Adam. Man then began to degenerate. He still functioned, but independently, separately from God. When a person is living according to their own independence, stress and problems will enter.
When a person becomes born again, they literally receive a “new spirit.” Galatians 4:6 says, “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ ”
We then have a new quality of life, a new identity, and are a totally new person in our spirits. The rest of our Christian life is learning in our soulish, mental realm, what has taken place in our spirit. This is the exact same spirit we will have throughout eternity. There is no lack in our spirits, but we have to perceive that, which is why studying the Word of God is a vital part of the Christian life. Until a person gains knowledge from God’s word, they won’t change.
Victory in a Christian life comes when we are able to look into the Word, which is Spirit and life, see what God has done, and begin to believe it and do it.
Please don’t misunderstand, your behavior does matter, especially if it is not lining up with the spirit that God has given you. The spirit is pure and will lead you into all truths, however, the way to know what the Spirit is saying is by reading God’s word.
When a person is born again, they change their identity. We begin to relate to God based not on what we do in the physical realm, not what we think in our mind, but by who we are in the spirit based on what He has done for us. That’s a completed work, something that does not fluctuate (change back and forth). We were created in righteousness and true holiness. This is the spirit part of us, and to fellowship with God, we have to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We stand in the identity of who we are in Christ!