John 3:6 that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
When our earthly parents gave birth to us, we were born of the flesh, but the new birth is spiritual, that is, when we were born anew, it was our spirit. If we take a very close look at the scripture above, it says, that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. It is our spirit (the true self) that is born again.
It is always important that we know that man is a spirit being. Man is not spiritual (that is like a spirit) but he is a spirit being himself. The first man that was created died as a result of sin, so all died in him. But having come to BELIEVE the exchange sacrifice on the cross, we became born again. My emphasis in this article is on the new creature.
Our new birth is created in Christ. Check this out:
Ephesians 2:10 For WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We are God’s workmanship, His handmade work created in Christ Jesus. The new man work by different set of rules. We became a new creation at the time we believe the faith (i.e. the death and resurrection of Jesus).
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.
The bible says if any man, I mean if anybody is in Christ he is a new man. In fact it says OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY(THE CROSS AND US) and all things are now new. The scripture didn’t say old things are become new. It says old things are PASSED AWAY (that is dead). What we now see is entirely new. If we take a close look at this scripture above, it started with THEREFORE, concluding from some sort of proceeding statements.
2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because WE THUS JUDGE, THAT IF ONE DIED FOR ALL, THEN WERE ALL DEAD:
We thus judge, that is: This is our judgement or conclusion that if Jesus died then we all died. If we walk out of sin into righteousness we are the same person. But what happened was that we died has a sinner and we were born righteous.
Romans 6:11 Likewise RECKON ye also YOURSELVES TO BE DEAD INDEED UNTO SIN, but alive unto God THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
The word creature in 2 Corinthians 5:21 is translated from the Greek word ktisis which also mean CREATION. In fact the amplified rendition read:
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is A NEW CREATION (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
A creation is a creature and his world. The new creation lives in the realm of God. He lives by different set of rules.
What happens to Adam does not happen to him. He has become a new creature. He has a new identity. Wow, I pray that God open our eyes that we may see this and realize how much that is embedded in the new life.