"I am crucified with Christ: yet it is no longer I who lives, but Christ that 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" Galatians 2:20.
The cross of Christ is not only the greatest terminator in the universe, it is also the greatest translator. It translates us from out of 'self' into Christ. It transforms all of us from 'out of' the first Adam into Christ as the Last Adam. As we said last week, it is God that identifies us in His Son at the very instant we accept His death as being our death. It is God Himself that has conformed us into the image of his Son, on the cross before He died. It is God Himself that has made Christ's death to be 'our' death, to the extent that by being conformed into the image of His death, we appear in the image of His life through His resurrection. In other words, through the work of the cross, God has planted us into Christ and implanted the Life of Christ into us. This is what it is to have the real born again experience! We now have the Life of Christ in us which He lives out in us in the person of His Holy Spirit.
Resurrection Life is a life that comes out of a death. There has to be a death before there can be resurrection. Only that which has died can be resurrected! Through the work of the cross, Jesus is now made alive in us personally and individually and in place of what was there before. He is to be our whole life from now on. At last I am no longer alone inside, I have a Friend, a Comforter, a Counsellor. The void or vacuum within is now filled with God! All we have to do to have it become real in our experience is to really know it by revelation from His Holy Spirit and to thank Him and to praise Him right now. Jesus is alive and real in us now! But never according to our thought or our feeling; yet solely according to the truth of what God has already actually done for each one of us in Christ at the cross!