We Should Live Through Him


1 John 4:9

This is how God’s love has appeared among us: God sent his only son into the world, so that we should live through him.

This is an interesting and, perhaps overlooked, verse.

We know that Jesus came to earth for many reasons—to die, to atone for our sins, to show us what God is like, to rise from the dead, to heal people…

These are all true of course.

One thing I don’t hear emphasized as much is that Jesus came so that we should live through him.

What do you think it means to live through Christ?

This sounds different than live like Christ.

For me, many words come to mind when thinking of living through Christ: grace, energy, strength, forgiveness, power, wisdom—all of which are Jesus’s, and are now available for our appropriation through proper means.

But what might it look like? To live through Jesus in your actual life day to day?

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