An excerpt from a sermon by Rich Owen:
My hope is Christ living the Christian life, Christ living Christ’s life. Christ’s obedience alone is my hope in life. My righteousness, my holiness, my Christian life, is also in Christ alone because he lived a life. We trust in his death alone — we get that as evangelicals — but do we trust in his life alone as well?
Knowing that Jesus has lived a perfect Christian life for me — it frees me from the guilt of not doing that because he’s done that for me. It liberates me to serve with freedom and obedience because I know that when I mess up it doesn’t affect my status before my Father, because my relationship with God isn’t based on how I do. It’s based on what Christ did. In Christ alone. And there is immense security here isn’t there?