I have been crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me. 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 for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Many who claim to be followers of Jesus have come to regard faith as meaning anything and everything but what God says it is. Putting themselves first, they’ve lost sight of the testimony of Jesus Christ. Thus, their faith has become corrupt.
It should be the aim of every believer to testify of Christ’s righteousness. Not merely by word of mouth, but in deed. Unless Christ’s righteousness fills the core of our lives, our confession of faith in Him means nothing. It’s merely a statement without substance.
One can’t discover what it means to abide in Christ without walking in His steps. That involves keeping God’s commandments. If we’re not striving to walk even as Jesus walked, then we’re moving in the wrong direction. For being crucified with Christ has to do with living in complete submission to the Father’s will. Those who object to keeping God’s commandments do so because they don’t know Jesus.
He who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. And this is how we know that we are in Him: He who says he abides in Him ought to walk even as He walked. (1 John 2:4-6)
Do you know Jesus?