A New Identity
2 Corinthians 5:17
We live in a day when people identify who they are by the label of their brokenness. Thus, to speak of their brokenness and the need for Christ is seen as an attack on the person rather than as an act of love. I praise God that I am not identified by my brokenness. I am identified by Christ' perfect righteousness. I am justified, sanctified, in my Savior's life. He is my identity. To attack my identity, you have to attack him....
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This is my new identity. “Christ in me, hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
This is why, Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:16 says that we don’t know people after the flesh any longer. Their flesh, that is, their brokenness is no longer who they are.
“Wherefore, henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.”
We have all kinds of labels today, “Liar”, “thief”, “handicapped”, “LGBT”, “Anxious person”, “I’m on med’s”, and even labels related to psychological disorders, like: “anxiety”, “depressed”, “manic depressive”, and the list goes on. Why would we label people by their brokenness? We don’t label people by their physical diseases, like cancer. It is not who they are.
Once a person is in Christ, they are no longer known (to God) (and hopefully to the Christian community) as a sinner. The identity has changed.