Realize that your past no longer has any power in your life.
The message of salvation is simple enough for a child to understand yet so profound that no human mind can ever fully comprehend it. One thing many people find perplexing is the concept of dying with Christ—a phrase that comes from Romans 6:6. There Paul writes, “Our old self was crucified with Him,” but what exactly does that mean?
With Jesus’ crucifixion, all of mankind’s sin—including yours—was nailed to the cross and canceled (Colossians 2:14). Or, as Galatians 5:24 says, “the flesh with its passions and desires” has been put to death. This means the person you were prior to salvation was crucified with the Savior, and you can never be that person again. The old you is dead, and the person you are today is a brand-new creation: a child of God, clothed in His righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).
While our full victory over sin won’t be complete here on earth, we can be confident that Jesus has declared believers holy, righteous, and blameless. Paul explained it this way: “Consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11). If you believe Jesus is your Savior, move forward with confidence and peace in your new identity today.