For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin. Romans 6:7 Amp
All Christians died with Christ so all Christians have been freed from sin. Now if they don’t believe they have been freed from sin, they will probably not act like it. We always act according to our beliefs, according to who we believe we are. That is why the issue is always IDENTITY. If you don’t know the truth about who you are “in Christ”, it doesn’t make any difference how much scripture you know and how many discipleship programs you are in or how much you pray or how long your quiet time is or how accountable you are. — Mike Quarles
We are NEW.
NEW what? New… birth, Master, mind, identity and nature, person, life, spirit, creation.
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
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. Colossians 3: 9,10
What does ‘do not lie’ mean? Do not be someone you are not! You are renewed! The normal Christian life is holy and righteous because the Holy and Righteous One lives in us. The old ways of unrighteousness and the deeds and works of the flesh are not your true identity. When you remain in the old ways you are not living out your true identity in Christ. The Word says you have been (past tense) renewed and are continually being (present tense) renewed according to Christ in us.
And be renewed in the spirit of you mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:23,24
Righteousness and holiness is our standing in Christ.
My conclusion is this: If I don’t know who I am in Christ, it doesn’t matter what I do. But, if I DO know who I am in Christ, God will make what I do matter.