To live is Christ. That is obviously the name of this blog. We have been exploring the big idea that we live from Christ’s indwelling life, and the Spirit is the Spirit of Christ.
But before we move forward together in this journey, we have to pause and make an important point: we can’t separate Christ from Jesus. The Christ that indwells us by the Spirit is the historic Jesus. Jesus the man, is the Christ, and the Christ is the man Jesus. Many today want to separate the two. The life in Christ is often described as one that looks and sounds nothing like the historic Jesus. The power of Christ is often sought apart from the weakness of the cross. The two cannot be separated.
Mark 8: 27-32. And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly.
Peter only gets the question half right. Yes, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the King, the Hero. But he is also the King who must suffer, be killed, and then rise again. He is the Christ of eternity, and he is the suffering Jesus of history.
We have a historic savior, and we must never separate him from history and from his actual physical life. As we move forward looking at all kinds of passages in the New Testament Epistles about the Christ, and the indwelling Christ, we must never forget that our indwelling Christ is the man who lived sacrificially and dependently. His human life is what gives “to live is Christ” it’s meaning for us. Over the next few days, we will break down the life of Jesus into 5 truths that are applied by the Spirit to our lives: Incarnation, Life, Death, Resurrection, and Glorification. I hope you’ll stay with me on this amazing trek into understanding the union of Christ and Jesus and the union of Christ and us.