“To live is Christ” does not mean that we won’t sin (obviously). But it does mean that when we sin, and when we are confronted, we have a chance to respond with godly grief.
“To live is Christ” is life in the kingdom of God that only comes through repentance and belief. And that is good news! No more trying to figure out the Christian life. No more “just tell me what to do.” Instead, just tell me what Christ has already done. That’s all we need to know.
When we know that we have all we need in Jesus. That every desire of the heart is satisfied by the omnipresent and omnipotent God (read the rest of Psalm 139). When we are freed by the love of God for us so that we can fearlessly ask to be exposed by God. Now we are ready to live. Now “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” makes our confession and repentance acts of faith in our death with Christ and our resurrection with Christ to his indwelling righteous life. Only when we trust fully in what our union with Christ has already accomplished will we be free from the cycle of sin-repent-repeat. Only when we believe that all sin has been dealt with forever, will we find the freedom to pursue God’s holiness from faith and not from fear.
Exodus 33:1-3. The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to
Matthew 3:1-3; 7-12. In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at