I am crucified with Christ – Since I am incapable of keeping the Law, and since “no one is justified by the works of the Law but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal. 2:16), I confess my sins, in agreement with God, and I am thankful that “He is faithful and just to have already forgiven me of all my sins and to have already cleansed me from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9) as a result of His crucifixion death; His finished work on the cross. His blood was shed for the forgiveness of all my sins; His bodily, crucifixion death for putting to death the power of sin in me; and His resurrection from the dead for the free gift of eternal life, His Life, given to me when I believed. I consider myself to have been crucified with Him and have been redeemed from all iniquity (Titus 2:14) and freed from sin’s power over me. His Life, His actual indwelling of my life, has provided His significance in my life.
Nevertheless I live – I still breathe, walk, sleep, eat, think, speak, feel, and relate as a human creature; but now I have purpose. I am the reason He came. I am the reason He died. I am the reason He lives. I now have a reason to live – and this earth-life is just the beginning.
Yet not I, but Christ lives in me – This earth-life is no longer mine, to enjoy entirely for personal reasons, but His, to live and accomplish His mission, in and through me as an extension of His earth-Life. I openly confess that Christ (the Spirit of Life) actually lives in me, motivating and influencing my earth-life; my thoughts, decisions, and behaviors.
And the life which I now live in the flesh (body) I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me – I realize the remainder of my earth-life will not be a cake-walk but, from past experiences in my former life of unbelief and religion, I know it will be far better than anything I could have ever imagined or accomplished on my own. I don’t focus on sinning – I focus on living! But when I sin, I thank Him for having already forgiven me and for reminding me of His free and radical GRACE. I continue to listen and learn as He relates His Love and Life in and through me to others. He is to be fully trusted, for Only He can, and will, continue to perform the work He started in me when He lovingly created me.
© 2015 Michael Scroggs