Christ Jesus took hold of me! He took hold of you too! He did it through the power of the Spirit working through the Word to create faith in our hearts. In Christ God makes us holy. He gives us a righteousness that is ours by faith – not by works. Thanks be to God for this amazing gift!
But God does more than just make us holy – He makes us useful too. He wanted to be in relationship with you and so He forgave all your sins in Christ. But He also wants us to be in relationship with one another as the Body of Christ. Therefore, we love, care, proclaim, and build each other up in the faith. We “take hold of that for which Christ took hold of us” when we in faith let Christ have good use of us in this world. So, get out there and run the race of faith and love because you know how the race ends!
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, and the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
The grave clothes we wear today are temporary. The righteousness of Christ that we've been wrapped in is eternal. We worked for our grave clothes. Christ's righteousness is a gift! You and I have been called out of the “old” way of life and into the “new” way of life. The New Life we have is a redeemed and forgiven life in Christ.