There are times when I sit still before the Lord and just ponder how far back, even in human history, He was putting things in place that would affect you and me today. Notice how Paul links two key events in history; “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13–14).
Paul makes it clear that the death of Jesus Christ was the only way we would receive the blessing God gave to Abraham (Genesis 12:3). The witness of this blessing is only known through faith and the Holy Spirit indwelling us. He is both the witness (Romans 8:16) and the guarantee (Ephesians 1:14). As we survey the scope of God’s plan, purpose and promise; can we live any longer for ourselves when He has provided everything we need to live for Him?
We are in Christ. His life is in us. Since “He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15). With this new life in you and me, and we in Him, there is every reason to live for God’s glory all the time! There is an additional principle in being in Christ that we cannot separate from His death for us and our death with Him. “If anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (5:17). Our ability to realize in experience the passing of old things, is believing that we are new creatures in Christ and the old has no claim on us any longer.
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