“To live is Christ” means that you are in Christ and Christ is in you. But the Christ in you is embryonic. A seed. A life that is slowly but surely growing you into the life and love of Jesus.
“To live is Christ” means embracing your adoption and learning to cry to your Abba. To live all of life from his delight in you, and your dependence on him. Knowing that you have the unchanging, unending, love of your heavenly dad. The love of a son. The love of the Son, Jesus himself.
“To live is Christ” means forever living free from the only curse that ever existed. The curse of the law. And, beyond this, it means living in the blessing of Christ’s own life. The life of curse crushing love and mercy that now lives in you.
“To live is Christ” IS Christ lives in me. No more and no less. His death is our death. His life is our life. All that is his is ours.
“To live is Christ” is therefore much, much, more than self-denial or the “imitation of Christ.” It is a whole new identity, a new reality a new nature. It’s a whole new life and a whole new way to live. Alive through death. Living by dying.
So here we are, trapped in the dead end of the law. If only there was a whole new way to live. If only there was “to live is Christ.”