“I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me.”
To be a follower or disciple of Jesus Christ is not a half-hearted commitment. He calls on us to give up our previous life, to crucify our old person. Then, through repentance, baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit, we seek to live as Jesus Christ lived. This is a total transformation—this is conversion. It is not just asking what Jesus would do, but doing what Jesus did and what He leads us to do. It is making Him our Lord and Master. The King James Version of this verse says we live “by the faith of the Son of God.” Through the Holy Spirit Christ lives in us and imparts His faith to us.
Jesus Christ founded His Church on Pentecost and gave His followers a job to do and the spiritual help to do that job. For more on Pentecost, the Church and the Holy Spirit, see “The Sermon That Launched the Church.”