“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” [Galatians 2:20, KJV].
When you become born again, the life you had before you believed in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead, and before you confessed the Lordship of Christ over your life [Romans 10:9-10], dies. In essence, at the moment when you are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Christ [Colossians 13-14], that life becomes crucified on the cross just as Christ was crucified, and you are given a new life; the life and nature of God. You become born of the Spirit of God, hence why you are called “born again”. This is because the life you now live is not of fleshly parentage but of spiritual heritage [John 3:3-7]. The born again person does not have two natures; the old man and the new man – no! The old man died and the person you are is a completely new creature unlike the old man because they are of different sources of life; one of the flesh and one of the Spirit. The life of the flesh and the life of the Spirit cannot co-exist in one person – there is only room for one. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul lets us know that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away, behold all things have been made new”. The only person who can be in Christ is the born again person and clearly, we see that that person is completely new and not made up of two persons.
What you need to do is to become conscious of the divine truth that you were not born of the corruptible but the incorruptible Word of God. When you do, that is the day that you will also know that you have died to self and any “I” in your life. In this place, you will understand that the life that you now have is the life of God in you, and all that life wants to do is to please God. This revelation will cause you to stop living for yourself and start living fully for God. Your dreams, aspirations, desires, plans, identity, and person will become so lost in God that people will not see you without seeing God in you. This is what Apostle Paul meant when he said “… nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” [Galatians 2].] . The man of God Paul had his identity completely lost in Jesus that He couldn’t talk about himself without identifying Himself with the one through whom he lived and had his being [Acts 17:28]. That is how the new creature ought to function; from a place where he knows that he has been bought with a hefty price of the blood of Jesus and that the life that he lives is not his but belongs to God.
The Son of God loved you before you were conceived. He loved you while you were yet a sinner, so blinded to even desire Him. He loved you before the foundations of the earth. And He didn’t just love you, He demonstrated that love for you by giving Himself completely for you, that you may have everything that God gave to Him. What better way is there than to live completely and totally abandoned to Him and for His glory? What better way is there than to live your life convincingly determined to fulfill the mandate He has given to those who believe in Him to go into the world and preach the Gospel? What better way is there than to determine that you will be salt and light of this world, drawing men to Christ?
In the life of the born again, there is no room for the old man because that old man desired nothing but to please itself. It was all about living for me, myself and [I] But in the new creature, there is only room for one [I] and His name is the Great [I] Am. Let Him be the only [I] in your life.