The New Life Operates By Faith
This is the fourth and final post in a series of posts explaining the Christ life. “What is the Christ life” gave a basic definition or understanding. “The Old You Died” gave a biblical perspective of our former sin nature and our new nature in Christ. “The Christian Life is Christ in You” shared the basics of the flesh and God’s design for the Christian life. This post will share how we engage the new life in Christ.
Big Truth: This new life operates by faith in the Son of God.
“and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20b)
What kind of life is this? It is a life of faith. We are saved by faith, we live by faith, we walk by faith. The Greek verb “live” is in the perfect tense, indicating a past completed action that has continuing results. We placed faith in Christ for justification; we continue to place faith in the Spirit for sanctification.
“…who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Christ acted because of love; our response should be in like kind. The motive behind all spiritual devotion and obedience should be gratitude and love for Him.
When we live in that way, we “do not nullify the grace of God for if righteousness come through the Law, the Christ died needlessly” (Gal. 2:21)
Galatians 2:20-21 is at the end of a chapter where the Apostle Paul openly challenged the Apostle Peter for hypocrisy about the gospel of grace (2:11-14). We have no record of Peter’s reply to Paul’s rebuke. However, you can see the impact in Peter’s future letters. In 1 and 2 Peter, there is no deviation from the Gospel of grace. In fact, the theme of 1 Peter is “the true grace of God” (1 Peter 5:12); and the word “grace” is used in every chapter of the letter.
The Christian life is a life of faith. We are saved by faith, we live by faith, and we walk by faith.