Created In His Image
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24).
The natural man, the man who is not yet born again has his understanding of spiritual truths darkened. He is estranged from the life of God because of his ignorance and the blindness or hardness of his heart: “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart”(Ephesians 4:18).
But for you that are born again, you have the life of Christ in you; you have God’s nature, which is completely contrary to the flesh. Though your growth in this new life is progressive, your birth was immediate! When you believed in your heart and confessed the Lordship of Jesus with your mouth, you were at once recreated in righteousness and true holiness, after the image of Christ.
Unlike the unregenerate man, you’re not spiritually separated from God; you’re alive to the fatherhood of God. The Bible says now are we the sons of God (1 John 3:2), therefore it’s not blasphemous for you to declare that you’re an associate of the God-kind; you have a sonship relationship with the Lord: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father”(Galatians 4:6).
You’re now a partaker of the divine nature, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him (Colossians 3:10). Operate in this new realm of life—where you know you have the life and nature of God in you.
I’m excited about my new life in Christ. I’ve passed from death to life; from sin to righteousness; from sickness to health; from poverty to wealth. I have the life and nature of God in me; I’ve put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness, and true holiness. Praise the Lord!