Zerubbabel had a choice to make in his waiting. Continue to live in exile in Babylon, or do the hard work of helping others worship the Lord. Zerubbabel made the right choice. How? Because he heard the promise of God, he knew the purpose of God, and he trusted the power of God. The power of God’s grace.
“To live is Christ” means we have the mighty rushing wind of God’s Spirit in us.
Union with Christ is a seal. A possession. An unbreakable presence. God himself is the guarantee of our salvation. Not a creed and not a deed.
“To live is Christ” has given us, through grace, what we tried to earn in the Garden through effort. The Garden left humanity with knowledge but no love. In Christ, we have his love and his knowledge. We have his love and we know how to use it. The daily question is “will we?”
Because we have the life and peace of Christ, our mind can now rest. It can stop running desperately toward self-righteousness. It can actually be quite humble and open minded. Our minds can be renewed in love. The love of “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” has imputed to us a whole new self. A righteous self. A self that delights in God and his love. And a new self that, by grace through faith, can actually walk in the new way of the Spirit.