9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach.
When a person believes and accepts what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross for him and for the whole world, a powerful and wonderful transformation takes place in the person's life through the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is transformed from darkness to light, from blindness to sight, from captivity to freedom and from a child of Satan to a child of God. He receives the blessed assurance of the Holy Spirit that all of his sins, past, present and future, are forgiven, and that he stands totally righteous before God with God's Righteousness, even though he still battles with the temptations of the flesh.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
1 am 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 the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
In this verse, Apostle Paul totally identifies himself with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through God given faith. Paul says that he (his old sinful man) was crucified with Christ, nevertheless he (his new sinless man) lives, which is 'Christ in him'.
A born again Christian has the resurrected life of Jesus Christ in him, and he remains totally righteous before God because God has become his Righteousness.
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