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CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST

Date: October 16

Category: New Life in God

Galatians 2:20
"I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiWhat a great truth! The Holy Spirit is speaking through Paul to the church in Galatia. This verse speaks about the new life that is in Christ. The moment we became Christians, we received a new life. Paul says here, "I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]." So because Jesus died on the cross of Calvary and we now have received Him as Lord and Savior, then it means that we have died on that cross with Him.

Before we accepted Christ, we lived a life that didn't acknowledge or recognize God. We lived a life that followed after our own desires. Before Christ, our lives were very similar to what it says in Judges 21:25. "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes." So living a life without God is doing what we thought was right in our own eyes. But now that we've accepted Christ, we have died to that old lifestyle. We have been crucified with Jesus and now we have received new life in Christ. But our new life in Christ starts with the crucifixion of our old life.

Then Paul says, "it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me." So the moment you and I accepted Jesus Christ, there was a complete change in our lives. We died and received a new life. That's what it means to be born-again. But what is that new life? Well it says here that our new life means we no longer live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives within us. So now, our lives are determined, directed, and ruled by the resurrected Jesus Christ. The thoughts of God, the words of God, and the will of God now determines the direction of our lives.

But even though we have died to our old fleshly ways, we still live within our physical bodies. So what does Paul say about our bodies? Well in the next part of this verse he says, "and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God." Even though our old lifestyles have died, our bodies haven't physically died. So since we still live in these physical bodies, we now have to live our lives by faith.

It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any person is [in-grafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!" The moment we accepted Jesus Christ, we became a new creature and that new creature is Christ now living within us. God now dwells within us and our bodies have become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). So Paul says that the life he now lives in the body, he lives by faith. Because Jesus forgave us of our sins, we have now been made justified through Christ, and Romans 1:17b says that the just shall live by faith.

But what is faith? Well Hebrews 11:1 it says, "Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]." So faith is not something that we can see, smell, or touch. Faith is what allows our inner person to relate to God through the Spirit of God who lives within us. Faith is a choice to accept that which God says. So when you and I received Christ into our lives, we died to our old self and allowed Christ to live His life within us. By doing that, we now live by faith, meaning we've made the choice to believe that everything God says is truth and everything contrary to God is a lie.

Now let's read what Paul says in the last part of this verse, "the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me." Jesus Christ loved us so much that He gave Himself up for us. That's so wonderful! We have now been grafted into the family of God because we have made the decision to accept Christ into our hearts. Since we have accepted Christ into our hearts, then it means that we have been crucified with Him. So let us remember that we no longer live, but it is Christ who lives within us and now we live by faith.

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