Our Life is Christ
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Galatians 2:20
The term “I no longer live” means that Paul died to the old sinful self and did his best to live by Christ’s will. Christ lives within us through the Spirit and through faith we depend on Christ to guide us through life. We can only be free when Christ lives within us. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
The spirit of Christ lives in us enabling us to see everything, including ourselves, others, and the world, through the eyes of God. We are now living the way God created us to live. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) We live in the image of God when Christ lives in us, and we become more like Christ.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10) We are not saved by works, but we live by faith to be guided by Christ to do good works. Good works come from the heart, and we are guided by Christ to be a light in this world.
Good works come from Christians whose life in centered on serving Christ and bringing others to salvation in Christ. This is what the apostle Paul meant when he said: “I no longer live, Christ lives in me.” This is the way all Christians should live; Christ lives in us and our priority is to be guided by Christ and the Word of God.
Today, live free in Christ, and be thankful Christ is always with us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for being with me and guiding me through life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.