“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
We as believers live in a ‘now and not yet kingdom’. We are born again and Christ lives in us so that we can have the fullness of life and the nearness of the Father’s presence. Yet sometimes it feels as if we couldn’t be further away from Christ, particularly when we are living in this sinful and Godless society. We eagerly await Christ’s return to experience the fullness of His perfection and resurrection but live in the reality that we are living in a fallen world.
However, we need to keep reminding ourselves of the above verse, to live in faith and believe that our former ways are crucified with Christ. We are now new creations. We are no longer slaves to fear, we no longer have to say yes to sin, we no longer have to bow down and give in to old cravings and temptations but rather we can stand in the victory of the cross, in the victory of Christ and His resurrection. We need to continually remind ourselves not to “copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform” us “into a new person by changing the way” we think (Romans 12:2).
Let us not use the excuse that we live in earthly bodies and in a sinful world to act as we will but rather let us agree with Paul in saying that we “live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me!!” In Christ’s strength we can live holy lives in an unholy world…. Not by works but by the grace of God, not because of anything we have done or can do but because He loves us and gave Himself for us.