“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Through the Law I died to the Law= The Law itself showed me that I could never make myself acceptable through it.So, I stopped living to it and I died to it as my savior.
That I might live for God= Though I obeyed God before, it was simply to get something from Him; it was for MY sake. Now I obey Him simply to please Him. I now live for HIM!
I was crucified with Christ= God treats me just as if I died on the cross and paid for every last sin. I am not liable. So the law has no claim on me. I owe the law nothing. I have paid it in full!
I no longer live, but Christ= God sees Christ’s perfection and beauty when he sees me. In a sense, I am “gone”
And the life I live is by faith in the One who loved me= I am very active in the Christian life, yet my job is to live “in line with the truth that I am completely loved regardless.
If my righteousness could come by law, Christ died for nothing= If anyone could be saved by being good, Christ’s death is senseless and pointless.
Praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the grave!!