“To live is Christ” means forever living free from the only curse that ever existed. The curse of the law.
“To live is Christ” is therefore much, much, more than self-denial or the “imitation of Christ.” It is a whole new identity, a new reality, a new nature. It’s a whole new life and a whole new way to live. Alive through death. Living by dying.
And so here we are, trapped in the dead end of the law. Deceived into thinking that what condemns us will actually justify us. And the sad thing is we live most of our life blind to all of this. If only there was a whole new way to live. If only there was “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” has turned all of God’s word into life giving, freedom bringing truth.
“To live is Christ” has given us a whole new operating system. The If-Then that would have crushed us is now made obsolete by the Because-Therefore of our union with Christ.
Now, in Christ, God’s first word to us is always grace. And his second word to us is faith. “I love you…so trust me…” “Christ is alive in you…so to live is Christ.”