“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me”
God is a God of Love.
And this verse is the most beautiful and clear description of what it is to be a Christian.
- I have been crucified with Christ – the old me, in bondage under the burden of the law, has gone
- Christ lives in me – He has entered into and taken possession of His precious property
- Now I live by faith in the Son of God – He who loved me and gave Himself for me
All this is a continuation of Paul’s opening statements where he says that
“The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins
to rescue us from the present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father”
It was always God’s will that we be rescued. It was always God’s will and decision that He would rescue us Himself. And it was God’s all-surpassing love that made it possible and turned it into a reality in Jesus Christ.
There was no merit in us that drove Him to it. There is no merit in us that keeps our place secure. It is all bound up in the love of God revealed and expressed in Jesus Christ. We are called to put our trust in Him and to keep it there.
“Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me
Lord I do believe! Help my unbelief. (Mark 9:24)