I believe that if Christ wants a death for us it is the death of our low-level humanity. His desire is the full revelation of our resurrection to divinity, which is our high-level humanity.
Low-level humanity? High-level humanity? This can be confusing. I’m not sure I’ll ever get it all worked out in my brain. But let’s start here.
This is the type of humanity (read, living) that keeps you down both mentally and spiritually. This is an unhealthy side of humility or false humility. This living is damaging to itself and those around.
This is the “I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve love. I can’t be good enough.” type of mind frame of low-level humanity.
This type of humanity is what Jesus gave us through his life, death, and resurrection. This high-level humanity is actually the divinity that Jesus affords us because we are in Him and He’s in us. Let me be clear, I’m not saying that we are divine, I am saying that we are included in Christ’s divine nature. This is the true humility. This living is empowering to us and everyone we are connected to.
This is the “I’m not good enough without Jesus. I don’t deserve love, but God loves me anyway. I can’t be good enough, but God makes me good enough.” type of mind frame of high-level humanity.
Here are some verses that let us know that Christ’s desire for us is to fully realize our status as partakers of His divine nature.
6:4 Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in his death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. (Hos 6:2)
6:5 We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. If we were included in his death we are equally included in his resurrection.
Romans 6:4-5 Mirror
5:14 The love of Christ 1resonates within us and leaves us with only one conclusion: Jesus died humanity’s death; therefore, in God’s logic every individual simultaneously died.
5:15 Now if all were included in his death they were equally included in his resurrection. This unveiling of his love redefines human life! Whatever reference we could have of ourselves outside of our association with Christ is no longer relevant.
5:16 This is radical! No label that could possibly previously define someone carries any further significance! Even our pet doctrines of Christ are redefined. Whatever we knew about him historically or sentimentally is challenged by this conclusion.
5:17 In the light of your co-inclusion in his death and resurrection, whoever you thought you were before, in Christ you are a brand new person! The old ways of seeing yourself and everyone else are over. Acquaint yourself with the new!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mirror
1:4a This is exactly what God always had in mind for us; every one of his abundant and priceless promises pointed to our restored participation in our godly origin!
2 Peter 1:4 Mirror
2:19 My co-crucifixion with Christ is valid! I am not making this up. In his death I died to the old system of trying to please God with my own good behavior! God made me alive together with Christ. How can any human effort improve on this! (Hos 6:2 and Eph 2:5)
2:20 The terms, co-crucified and co-alive define me now. Christ in me and I in him! (Jn 14:20) His sacrificial love is evidence of his persuasion of my righteousness!
Galatians 2:19-20 Mirror
Please note 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul is telling us that we are no longer the old us. We are a brand new person! The old lens through which we saw ourselves is broken and destroyed. Now we have the privilege and joy of making ourselves fully acquainted with our new selves.
Kick the tires. Look under the hood. Take it for a spin. Drive it as fast as possible. Through Christ, we didn’t get a new paint job, we got a whole new class of automobile.
Although, this all happens at the moment of conversion this is a lifelong and possibly an eternal process to fully realize this. And you know what? That’s ok! We are learning a space and a creation that we aren’t used to. I love this line from The Matrix.
Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?
Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.
Here are three ways to apply this concept of high-level humanity to our daily lives.
Meditate on the scriptures above. (There are probably more scriptures that can relate to this topic.)
Remind yourself of your new humanity in Christ. (He has made you new. He has brought you in.)
Surround yourself with people who will remind you of your new humanity in Christ. (These people also won’t let you stay in your low-level anymore either.)