A few years ago, our family completed a journey to adopt and immigrate our son from South Africa. This process took over four years and included custody, name changes, countless documents, and finally culminated in him receiving his US citizenship and passport.
My son’s identity has changed. He has a new name, a new country, and a new family heritage.
This does not change his story. Where he came from will always be a part of his life, but how he is known is completely different.
It is this way with all of us. Our past is a part of who we are, but we have a new identity through Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
This is so clear through the example of Abraham. Look at these two verses side by side and notice the difference.