So many people nowadays identify as something that they are not. As Christians, we too have to Identify as something else. We have to Identify with the cross of Jesus.
Gal 6:14 …far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.Gal 6:17 ..for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus…
Paul has identified with the cross of Jesus in such an intimate way that he does not see himself as part of the world, and that he physically has the marks of Jesus on his body.
Rom 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
He identified with the Death of Christ and considered himself dead and buried with Him.
Rom 6:5 we have been united with him in a death like His
Rom 6:6 our old self was crucified with him
Rom 6:8 we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him
It seems to me that in order to experience the resurrection power of God we have to die after all God won’t resurrect something which is not dead, that would be unnecessary that’s why he said:
John 12:25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.