19“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 now 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!”
9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
If you could save yourself and gain righteousness by following the law of the Old Testament, Jesus’ death on the cross would have been foolish and wasteful. But God is not foolish. Jesus had to die and rise again. Now, our sinful nature must also be put to death, so Christ can live in us, bringing us to our new life in which we live by faith and not by law. Don’t let Jesus’ death and resurrection go to waste. What are you clinging to that does not reflect Christ living in you?