Today’s reading: Luke 24, Galatians 1-2, Proverbs 29
Galatians 2:20 –
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.
This is a power packed verse. Once we receive the revelation of what the Spirit intended when He inspired Paul to pen this, our lives will be transformed and our walk with Jesus will become effortless. To help us understand this verse I am going to unpack it by commenting on each key phrase.
I have been crucified with Christ – The power of the Christian life begins with death. There can be no resurrection without a death first. We all want to sign up for resurrection benefits but who wants to die? Thankfully Jesus died on our behalf and when we believe on Him for salvation our old man dies with Him. That is what water baptism is all about. It is the funeral service for the old man. You and I do not have two natures in us – a good dog and bad dog warring against each other inside us. The cross ran over the bad dog!
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me – Far too many born again Christians are trying to live for God. That is an impossible task. God does not desire us to live for Him. We are to die to ourselves, our agenda, our way of thinking and doing, our plans and allow Christ to live His life through us. It is a yielded life He desires. This involves saying yes to the Lord and no to the flesh whenever they oppose each other.
And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God – You and I still have the flesh to deal with. It will remind us of the old man who died and convince us he is still alive. He is not alive. He died with Christ. Yet we still have the memory bank in the computer files stored in our brain that reminds us of the past when the old man was alive and ruling our life. We simply need to delete these files and replace them with new files based on the Word about our new life in Christ. This process is called renewing the mind. This will build our faith in the Son of God Who now lives in us.
Who loved me and gave Himself for me – The message of the gospel is such a powerful message of love. It was His love for you and me that kept Him on the cross to finish the payment for our sins. It was His love that not only forgave our sins and its penalty but made us sons of God, the righteousness of God in Christ, and ambassadors of His love, His life, and His message. His love for us motivated Him to make the ultimate sacrifice. Now His love is motivating me to manifest His life and love to others. What a Savior! What a gospel! What great love!