The growing and progressing Christian knows that life only comes out of death and defeat. Trusting the Spirit to minister the death of the old and the life of the new in us as we choose more and more to trust in “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” means your sin has already once and for all time been dealt with by the cross. Do you know this? Do you believe this? Once you do, you can start the painful process of crucifying the flesh and its selfish desires by faith in God’s saving grace.
“To live is Christ” is to continue to allow the law to reveal your abounding sin, and then to turn to the super-abounding grace of God in Christ. A grace that can never be stopped as it leads us through righteousness and into eternal life.
Truly “to live is Christ” means becoming what we already are.
“To live is Christ” is to live in his steadfast, immovable, abounding love so that we might live today from his eternal work of love.
“To live is Christ” is to face suffering beyond what we can bear, but it is to never face a temptation beyond what you can bear. Until Christ returns the temptations will always be there. But in Christ we have all we need to run away. All the hope, all the faith, and all the love we need to take up the cross, and escape into resurrection life.