Paul makes the point that salvation does not come by obedience to the Law but through faith and grace!! This faith is not just about believing Jesus is the Son of God – but a faith that will motivate us to be “crucified with Christ.” A faith that would move one to shift the focus of their life from pleasing self – to pleasing Christ! Paul “no longer lives” in the sense that he controls his life. He has taken up his cross; he has denied himself; and he now lives only by the permission of his King, Jesus Christ. His new Lord not only permits him to live, but has taken up residence in him to help direct his life firsthand through the Spirit. In this statement that Paul makes is the key that unlocks our transformation in Christ! The day we truly die to SELF is the day we begin to LIVE!