As followers of Christ, our lives here on earth are “over” and our lives as new creations in the New Kingdom have begun.
5 Evildoers do not understand what is right [and true], but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
From now on, the lives we live are Jesus living through us. We are not zombies, though. It’s a synthesis of Him and us together, ergo, new creations. Our lives are a lot like the Jewish sacrificial system after Pentecost, whose actual demise was a formality. Our spirits have combined with Christ and we no longer think, feel, or act like we used to; we are no longer our old selves. Consider these verses,
20 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
14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21
Tomorrow, we will discuss what “patience” looks like to Christians in light of our now-eternal awareness.
Abba, thinking of myself as dead to this world is not easy. In fact, it wouldn’t be possible were it not for what I know to be true concerning You and Your kingdom. You have brought life to me; You are life in me. Knowing You blows this life away! May I know You more and more each day, O Lord. Amen.