“To live is Christ” makes you a living apocalypse. We are God’s walking and talking future. Judged. Resurrected. New. The indwelling Spirit is our internal proof that God has already won. Christ reigns in our spirits and is enthroned in our hearts. And the day is coming when we will reign eternally with Jesus at the right hand of God. To God be the glory!
is Christ” is to be filled with faith, hope, and love. Hope in the eternal life of Christ. Faith that fully trusts in his eternal life. And love that flows from his life of love in you.
“To live is Christ” means we are filled with love as a state of being. Love is. And love is in us. Why? Because Christ is in us. Without love we are nothing because without Christ we are nothing. But in Christ we are everything because his love has made us everything.
“To live is Christ” is to be brought into something that is much bigger than you – the interdependent body of Christ. This grace of interdependence is the primary characteristic of the body of Christ. Everyone matters, everyone has a role, everyone contributes to the growth of a new humanity re-created in love to serve both God and the world.
“To live is Christ” is to do all for the glory of God. Christ in us makes this possible. His life in you allows you to live for the good of others and thus display the glory and goodness of God.
“To live is Christ” is to face suffering beyond what we can bear, but it is never to face a temptation beyond what we can bear. Until Christ returns the temptations will always be there. But in Christ, we have all we need to flee. All the hope, all the faith, and all the love we need to take up the cross, and escape into resurrection life.