"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Galatians 2:20)
God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the Cross.
What does it this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life?
Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God's stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die.
Having done this, let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power.
The Cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from the dead now rises him to a new life along with Christ.
There will be nothing in heaven that does not have the mark of the Cross upon it!
~A. W. Tozer~