23: Christ suffered and died so that we might belong to Him

This is part 23 of 50 in a series based on the book ‘Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die’. Read the introductory post or view all the posts in the series.

Ref: Romans 7:4, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Acts 20:28

Most of the time we are free to do what we want. But we are not free to want what we ought. For that we need a new power based on a divine purchase. The power is God’s.

Now we are free indeed. Not to be autonomous, but to want what is good. A whole new way of life opens to us when the death of Christ becomes the death of our old self. Relationship with the living Christ replaces rules. And the freedom of fruit-bearing replaces the bondage of law.

—Page 65

Two quotes from long-dead people that I think are pertinent:

“In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’ ”  Abraham Kuyper

“There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.”  C. S. Lewis