“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17. This verse is so important because it is really talking about our identity as Christians. Accepting Jesus as your Savior doesn’t just give you a free ticket to heaven, it changes who you are. You are literally transformed into a new person with a new nature. Before a person accepts Christ, they have a sin nature. But after salvation, Scripture tells us we get a new nature. Ephesians 4:22 says to “put off the old self,” and verse 24 says to “put on the new self.” We aren’t just supposed to act differently, we ARE different. Some people believe that they are still sinners after they accept Christ, but this isn’t true. We are no longer considered sinners! We are considered righteous. Yes, we still have flesh so we still will sin sometimes, but our spirit is sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). That means that any sin we commit does not affect our standing with God. Our spirit will always be righteous, and that is the part of us that is in Christ. Now that we have a new nature, there is a big difference though. We are no longer slaves to sin, so we can CHOOSE to sin or not. It is no longer natural for us to sin, and we are free to resist the devil. So what’s the big deal if we still consider ourselves sinners? Does it really matter? YES, it does. Proverbs 23:7 says that “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” As long as we think of ourselves as sinners unable to do any better, we’ll act accordingly. We’ll stay defeated and stuck in patterns of sin. But once you realize that God sees you as righteous, you will begin to act righteous naturally! It will be effortless, because you will begin to see yourself as your Father does. I can’t even count how many times in the past my kids have gotten discouraged doing some new task or skill. Before long they start saying “I can’t do this!” But its amazing what happens if my husband or I tell them with enthusiasm “Yes you can! You can do it!” When they hear that we believe in them, they get excited to keep trying. And before they know it, they have a new skill mastered. Without any encouragement, they might have given up. And this is what Holy Spirit does for us. He reminds us that we are new creatures. He tells us when we mess up to get back up because our righteousness isn’t gone. He tells us who we are, and we are encouraged to live how our Father sees us. I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad that I’m a new creation, and I’m grateful every day that I have a Comforter to remind me of that!