One of the best ways to counter a truth is to publish a false understanding of it so that hearers think that they understand it when they really do not. Then, let it become a cliche. Next, let it become something that is not even a miracle, just a metaphor.
Take the new birth, for example. Hearers get the idea that being born again means inviting Jesus into one’s heart. Unfortunately, what the receiver all too often thinks is that Jesus is now like a jewel in a jewel box—a treasure hidden away to bring out and wear now and then for show or in a pinch.
Otherwise, life goes on, changed, but still with the idea of a wonderful new add on to the life that is still pretty much the life that was. The truth, however, is that the new birth means that the life that was died. Yes, God could find nothing to salvage in the life that was, so He insisted that we die in Christ.
That meant that God had to crucify the old self in order to raise up a new you and me cut off from sin—cut off from the spirit of error, the enemy, who for the most part remained hidden as the operator of the old self. Death in Christ brought severing from the old operator.
This is what most Christians do not get, that they died. They did not just receive Jesus. They died. Then came burial in Christ, followed by a new resurrection and ascension self in Christ. Therefore, Christ in you does not mean Christ in the old man, but rather Christ in (even as) the new man.
The Gospel is not Christ added to the self that was, not Christ added to the old man or old self. God put that self to death in Christ. God does not even add Christ to the new self, for the new self is the human and Christ as one, while both remain in tact. This is a mystery.
How can you be a you, and Christ be who He is, and yet Christ be in you, even as you? Only God knows. But since He tells us that this is how we are made new creations, we take it by faith and walk in the Spirit.
The first half of Galatians tells us who we are. The last half tells us how we walk, which is in the Spirit. This is supernatural and never gets old. It is not information but the Spirit of wisdom and understanding guiding the new man and setting forth the path and works ordained to walk in.
To see what the new birth is means that it is no longer appealing to see life as Jesus added to a self who just needs forgiveness and then some help. No, life is a miraculous new self, created in Christ Jesus, and being led by the Spirit of the living God.