“To live is Christ” unites us to Christ as the future new creation right now. The victory is won! And yet the battle of the new creation rages in each of us.
“To live is Christ” is to be both loved by Christ (he died for all) and to love Christ (we live for him). It is to let Christ control you so that you no longer have to live for yourself.
“To live is Christ” is faith not sight. Faith that believes that it is our suffering and sin filled lives that display the grace and goodness of the cross. Faith that believes that our union with Christ’s cross is the only miracle we need.
“To live is Christ” is to live simultaneously in suffering and glory. The glory of God’s grace found in the cruciform life.
“To live is Christ” means living the crucified life. The life of dying unto the glory of god’s grace. Sacrificing for the sake of others that they too might find the life of Christ.
“To live is Christ” is to have an illuminated heart by this indwelling glory of God. In Christ, we can truly know our God. We can look into his face and not just survive, but truly thrive.