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What does it mean to be a new creature in Christ?

Creatures Old and New.

Central to the power of the Christian faith over human sin and destructive nature is the tenant of our being born a new creature in Christ. In the New Testament this key is clearly expressed in many similar ways filter:NT new creature filter:NT born again filter:NT born of filter:NT renew filter:NT regeneration etc...
The idea is that a man can change his mind and his direction, try to improve himself all that he wants to little or no effect. It is not until a person accepts the redemptive sacrifice of His Son upon the cross of Calvary when the missing incorruptible spiritual component is implanted by God within us that we see the infused graft of empowered transformation.
There is that which is of the flesh; this up until Christ is all that we've ever known. We can submit it to laws and authorities, to various disciplines and rigors of exercises; we can strive diligently to minimize it's lack and insufficiency. No matter what however it is still merely flesh.
Left to his own flesh man might be able to improve his situation, but minus God's Spirit cannot transform it. The flesh is ill equipped to handle the matters of the spirit. Pouring more and more fleshly substance into the spiritual void, thought and opinion and legalism and control and good works, has very little trans-formative worth.
What is needed is something totally from without our fleshly sphere of understanding and in Chris Jesus this means being born "A New Creature".

Is it really a new creature though?

kjv@2Corinthians: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.