Alive in Christ is our inward development of God's righteousness and our outward contribution toward God's kingdom through Godly attributes and principles.
We are moving in the direction of peace.
We are increasingly developing the fruit of the spirit.
We are progressively learning scripture and our ability to communicate it.
We are meditating and praying frequently.
Love for God and others is increasing.
We are becoming more patient and kind.
We are thinking of ourselves less and others more.
We are in service freely giving to God and others.
We are seeking God's love more and more.
We are confessing our fear, anger, and shame while praying for God to help us let it go.
Our schedule is looking more and more involved with God.
Greed, pride, lust, gluttony, envy, vanity, and wrath are decreasing in our lives and others can see it.
John 8:34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
As we progress into the righteousness of God we reduce the sinful activity within ourselves. Living more and more for God is living less and less for sin. We think less selfishly as to what benefit we can get for ourselves out of each moment and more of how we can connect and care for others. The love and joy we experience in serving God becomes our focus and interest.
Also, as we learn more about God's love we understand how empty and destructive our selfishness has been toward others and ourselves. We realize true freedom and happiness through forgiveness and mercy. The truth becomes revealed about our sinful ways and we lose interest in seeking them out. The truth is revealed to us as we are in God's truth, but the lie tempts us and waits for our return. We must always stand carefully guarded humbly disclosing sinful thoughts and bring them to light. Hiding destructive tendencies can be risky and destructive. At times they can be so well hidden we don't even notice them. We must always keep an open mind watching carefully for dishonest and destructive thoughts within us.
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
1 Corinthians 7:22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.
Galatians 4:7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Galatians 4:8 [ Paul’s Concern for the Galatians ] Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
1 Peter 2:16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
2 Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”
20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”