Salvation is more than just getting your sins forgiven. It is becoming a new creation, no longer guilty of sin condemnation. In becoming a new creation you were declared righteous. Understanding this gives us a whole new boldness and freedom.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
— 2. Corinthians 5:21
A swap of identities
How is this possible, you might ask? Well, I don't think that in this life we will be able to understand it fully, but the Bible reveals that when Christ died on the cross, He took all sin upon Himself. Not all in the sense of all sin that had happened until then, but ALL SINS that will ever be committed.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
— Hebrews 7:25-27
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
— Hebrews 10:12
When they knock on my door they will find that somebody else has moved in. Someone who is not guilty in all the accusations they bring.
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of Hisresurrection,
— Romans 6:3-5
What an amazing deal! Jesus Christ offers me to get united with Him in order for "me as a sinner" to be crucified with Him. Then, as "me as a sinner" dies, God breathes new life into me, and "me as a holy and righteous saint" is born.
When God looks at me now, He sees the new creation. I can therefore come with boldness before the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). I don't need to feel inferior any more. God is my Father, the veil is gone and I have free access.
When the spiritual world looks at me, they see my spirit - the new creation. When the demons consider how dangerous I am for their kingdom of darkness, they don't look at how strong I am physically, but at who I am spiritually, and how much my spiritual reality has become a revelation to me.
E.W. Kenyon started to see this truth and wrote these amazing lines:
He died to make us alive.
He was made sin to make us righteous.
He became weak to make us strong.
He suffered shame to give us glory.
He went to hell in order to take us to Heaven.
He was condemned in order to justify us.
He was made sick in order that healing might be ours.
He was cast out from the presence of God in order to make us welcome there.
A present reality
What many miss is that this is ALREADY a reality. I will not become a new creation when I come to Heaven - I have already become a new creation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
— 2. Corinthians 5:17
...because as He is, so are we in this world.
— 1. John 4:17
For some this is just a doctrine, but God did not intend for His word to become our doctrines - His word should be Spirit and Life to us (John 6:63). In other words, His word should become a revelation to us - truth that manifests itself in our lives.
Knowledge is the understanding of something, but revelation is the power that manifests this knowledge. We need to know that we have become new creations, but we must not stop there - we need to let this truth sink in so it becomes a revelation.
I would like to encourage you to start meditating on this truth! Take time to pray and meditate on God’s word.
God Bless You!