Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. [2 Corinthians 5:16]
Should the new creation’s past hinder him from living up to the fullness of the call in Christ?
I say definitely no! I believe that when a man comes to be in Christ, by divine decree, his past has no power on the course of his future in Christ. It does not matter how bad the circumstances are. It does not matter how dire the straits were within which the rays of the gospel lifted such a man into Christ. I believe the fiat of the King….therefore we know no man after the flesh hence! The new creation is new. The man who comes into Christ has a new future laid out before him. It is a future that cannot be ruined by the mistakes of his past…it cannot be scuttled by the flood of consequences emanating from the wrong decisions he made in the past. Selah
The grace of God is stronger in this regard. His fiat is absolute and final. The blood of Jesus cleanses even unto the purging of a man’s conscience. The new creation with a past of mistakes may face the consequences and myriad ramifications of his past but the sure word from the Faithful One denies these past mistakes the power to rob such a new creation from the glorious and righteous future that is his in Christ. Selah.
Therefore we can say that the new creation man has no past. Here we deny the ability of his past to hurdle him from living up to the full purposes of God for his life. Here we acknowledge the consequences and ramifications of his previous decisions and actions outside Christ But we say NO to their inclination to stain forever the new man in Christ. And we declare in the name of Jesus that the new creation shall not be hindered by the ghosts of his past mistakes outside in Christ. We reckon them dead…meaning devoid of ability to influence and we raise on high the banner of the word that thunders forth this truth…”if any man be in Christ, He is a new creation!”