“To live is Christ” means we are justified by God’s grace. No more guilt (victimizers) and no more shame (victims). Christ’s imputed righteousness has made us whole.
“To live is Christ” is to embrace the truth that we are the thief on the cross, we are the soldiers pounding the nails. But those two nails are the forgiveness and eternal life of Jesus Christ.
“To live is Christ” means your filth is gone. Your garments are pure. The stain of sin is removed forever. Christ’s turban of our shared holiness is on his head. Satan is silenced. And all because of our union with Christ on that single day.
“To live is Christ” means that by faith in the death of Christ every individual sin has been dealt with forever. And by our union with Christ, God’s indwelling infinite love and forgiveness remove the indwelling force of sin in our hearts little by little, as we deal with God, not according to our sins, but according to his grace that has already dealt with all our sins.
Thank you Heavenly Father. Thank you for your abundant mercy in Christ that has restored to me the joy of my salvation, and upheld me with a willing spirit. Thank you for the New Covenant. Thank you for creating in me a forever clean heart. Thank you for eternal life. Thank you for “to live is Christ.”
How many Christians are secretly dreading the return of Jesus? Because they haven’t grasped what “to live is Christ” really means. They don’t eagerly wait for Christ because they fear that he will return to deal with sin. Their sin.