“To live is Christ” is to live from our full and free sanctification in Jesus, by Jesus, and for Jesus. Because we have been sanctified, we are being sanctified. Our consecration is now our response to our sanctification in Christ. Never the other way around.
How much more should we love the reappearing of Christ, our final sacrifice for sin. His promised second coming means his blood sacrifice has been accepted in the heavenly sanctuary. His life has atoned for ours forever. His love has satisfied all holy wrath. His death has put death to death. His life has brought us “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” means no more sin management. No more wondering if we’re forgiven. No more keeping an account with God, because he does not keep an account with us. Once for all forgiveness! Every sin put away. There is no greater gift. There is no greater love.
This is the result of the cross – eternal redemption. All who are in Christ will live every day, forever, in the glory of Christ’s freeing sacrifice for sins. Every debt paid. The disease of sin cured. Christ’s own blood redeeming us unto “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” is living in the full assurance of the New Covenant promises of God in Christ – every sin graciously forgiven and God’s law of love emblazoned upon our minds and hearts. It is living with Jesus + nothing as our hope. And finding him to be enough.
Now we can draw near to God with all the confidence in the world, knowing that we will only be met with grace and mercy. Never judgment or condemnation. Never rejection or retaliation. Only the very real active help in time of need of knowing that our salvation is secure, our future is with God, and our present is “to live is Christ.”