God’s image in us restored.
“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, NKJV. God restored His image in us by uniting Himself with us, in Jesus Christ. “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ… God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19, NKJV. God, in Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, reconciled to Himself the entire humankind. Also, by doing so, God forgave us all our sins. Colossians 2:13. However, unfortunately, not all human beings want to remain reconciled to God. Many want to continue their old ways and “live as enemies of the cross of Christ.” Philippians 3:18.
God put our life, our spirit that sinned in the garden of Eden, into the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. By abandoning, or forsaking Jesus on the cross, God destroyed the sin, our sinful life, and all our sins against the law forever! He does not remember our sins anymore. “‘I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.'” Isaiah 43:25, NKJV. By what God did in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross, He justified us, and made us in His likeness again, in Jesus Christ.
By offering His body, on the cross at Golgotha, as the venue for the replacement of the sinful human spirit Jesus, the representative of the new humankind, was made superior to the angels. “…when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:2 – 4, NKJV. The name He inherited is the Son of God; and because of this name, all who are in Jesus Christ are also the children of God.
When, by trusting Jesus, we accept Christ as our Savior, and acknowledge Jesus as our Lord, we exchange our life of sin for the perfect, holy, and eternal life of Jesus Christ; the last Adam. The Holy Spirit then enters our mind and dwells as the continuation of Jesus Christ in us. The Holy Spirit communicates to our spirit the objective facts of the salvation we have in Jesus Christ. He also enables us to possess the complete and perfect salvation in Jesus Christ, as our subjective daily experience. God always knows us by the superior name of the Son of the promise, Jesus Christ.