Our new creation is our new Godly nature, but we will retain the flesh or carnal nature until we are present with Jesus.
But if this is so, then that means Christ's sacrfice is not strong enough or powerful enough to conquer our carnal nature. If His grace is unable to conquer our carnal nature, then what is the point of His dying?
All things become new to us, but we can miss the mark as it were in following our Lord.
I am not sure what you mean here exactly. What do you mean when you say "all things become new to us"?
It is Him doing the work in us; not us doing that transformation of overcoming the flesh.
That, I totally agree with - 100%. However, He will not force transformation on us. Because it is the will the chooses to sin, (and we choose that freely), we must also choose freely not to sin and thus choose Christ. And it is the will that Christ means to transform.
It is with the will that we say yes to Christ and that assent He cannot force from us because it was God choice to give us free will.
When we go after the Holy Spirit's leading instead of our flesh, God fulfills the righteousness of the law in us; not by us.
I dont know exactly what you mean when you say "God fulfills the righteousness of the law in us". Can you give an example?
Once we are in Christ by the new birth, God sees us in Him and not in Adam, but there remains submitting to God to observe growth in the word, and fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
I think this understanding of justification again is very forensic and very much leans toward the snow-covered-dungheap of Martin Luther.
Going by that statement it would seem that God lies to Himself - seeing us in Christ - when in fact we are still in Adam.
If all that is needed is for God to see us in Christ, what is the point of Christ's Incarnation?
This same growth was noted in Jesus as He learned obedience, or experienced it by the things He suffered. He didn't have to learn to be good; He was because He did always those things that pleased the Father.
And that is exactly what I have been saying here and in other threads. Jesus came to overturn the disobdience of Adam. Because God has taken on our humanity, therefore by Christ's obedience unto death, He has redeemed the "human gene" so to speak. Now the human being - through Christ and in Christ - able to be obedient to God. This is what "planting the law in our hearts" mean.
In this same thinking, God is pleased with us in this new nature of our Savior; when our Father looks at us, He sees only Christ in us, and as Paul exclaimed after his battle with the flesh in Romans Chapter Seven, "There is therefore (Taking into account all he had just said.) now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus."
That again is one of the flaws in Protestant exegesis that stem from a forensic understanding of justification. If you look at that phrase that I have highlighted, then it would seem that God lies to Himself - tellng Himself we are good even though we remain sinful because all he can see is Christ. But that again sounds like the snow-covered dungheap. Is God really like that - unable to see our real sinful state?
I don't think so. While there certainly is no condemnation in Christ (because His death is precisely for that- to remove the condemnation) that verse does not say that we are already sanctified. We won't enter heaven unless we are fully sanctified.
Like the cliché, be patient with me, God isn't finished with me yet.
Yes! We are not saved but we are BEING saved. Our salvation is not over until we are in heaven. So till then, we are still a work in progress - therefore not saved.
A pot being moulded by the Potter is not a pot until the Potter is finished making the pot. Till that time, it is a pot in the making.
Peace and All Good