The Primary Purpose of the Christ-life
If you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then He now lives in you.
Galatians 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Colossians 1:27, …Christ in you, the hope of glory
As a recipient of the Christ-life, your identity in Jesus is secure. (For a comprehensive description of who you are in
Christ, see Your Identity in Christ
As a believer in Christ, you are a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
As a result of the unfathomable spiritual transformation that occurred when you received Christ, you are divinely enabled to become more like Christ over the course of your life.
Romans 8:29-30, For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
2 Corinthians 3:18, But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Ephesians 1:3-6, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
As a new creation in Christ, your primary purpose from which all other purposes flow is to bring glory to God in every area of your life (1 Corinthians 10:31) as you become more and more like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29-30 above; Ephesians 4:22-24, Philippians 1:6, 21).
1 Corinthians 10:31, Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Ephesians 4:22-24, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Philippians 1:6, 21, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus … 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
For insight into what it means to glorify God in practical aspects of your life, see Do All for the Glory of God
However, you did not come to Christ on your own terms (see Romans 8:29-30 and Ephesians 1:3-6 above), and neither will you become more Christ-like or enabled to give God glory according to your own power or insight.
Titus 2:11-14, For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 16:24 of the path they were to follow.
Matthew 16:24, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
Similarly, in Philippians 2:12-13, the Apostle Paul reminded believers of their responsibility to obey God’s Word, assuring them of God’s enablement.
Philippians 2:12-13, So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
By God’s grace, you can experience the on-going reality of the Christ-life by faith (see Galatians 2:20 above) as you obey God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:21-25) and, thus, bring glory to God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
James 1:21-25, Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
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