Christianity is that state of being like God. Furthermore, the life which Christ now possesses also belongs to that group of people called Christians. The foundation of that life of Christianity is Christ, Himself. It is He Who has reconciled the Christian to God, II Cor. 5:18.
That work of reconciliation, or salvation, was performed by Christ. No one in the past, present or future is able to perform that work of reconciliation for himself or for others. What man, who is full of sin, is able to perfectly obey all of God’s commandments? What man is able to die for his sins and raise himself from the dead? What man is able to enter into God’s presence and hear God’s pronouncement, ‘Your work has satisfied My wrath? Your guilt of sin is gone. I pronounce you innocent.’
The Bible, God’s Word to the Christian, tells us that Christ was able and did keep all the commandments of God perfectly. He did take all of our sin upon Himself. He did suffer and die in our place, bearing all of God’s wrath for us. He did raise from the dead in three days, and He did ascend into heaven. Thus, He completely satisfied God in working out the Christian salvation. Thus, He reconciled the Christian to God, II Cor. 5:19.
This work of salvation, when applied by God to God’s people, makes the Christian a new person, a born-again person, II Cor. 5:17. That person has a new life of Christ within himself. That person is no longer God’s enemy, but God’s friend. He is no longer separated from God, but is at peace with God. The Christian now longs after God, seeks after God and has fellowship with God.
Finally, the Christian, who has a beginning of that new life of Christ in this life, will die and go to be with God in heaven. There he will have endless joy and peace. There he will be troubled no more by sin and misery. There he will truly know what it means to have fellowship with God, to walk and talk with God. The Christian will do this for eternity. Praise be to God!