Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 22, Ezekiel 29, Psalm 78, Galatians 2.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
As any student of God’s Word can attest, though we know all Scripture is equally important and breathed out by God, there are some verses that just seem to carry more “force” or “weight” than others.
Galatians 2:20 has always been “one of those” for me. It’s just plain potent.
Divide it into phrases and let it speak to/challenge/encourage/confront your soul:
“I have been crucified with Christ.”
Paul was put to death with Jesus. When He died, you died with Him. When He became sin and the wrath of God was being poured out on Him – you and your sinful self were nailed with Him.
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
It stands to reason that if we died with Jesus – then we no longer live. We no longer live for ourselves and our flesh. That has been crucified. Crucified with Christ. It is dead. It is over. It does not rule. A life of sin that has been put to death lives by some other means – “Christ who lives in me.” If sin has been put to death, then a new “Ruler” must reign. For the Christian, it is Jesus.
“And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. . .”
The Christian – who has died to self and is ruled by Jesus – lives by faith in this Jesus. Faith that His work was sufficient (no “good works” are to be nor can be done to make God like us); faith that He will work in us, compelling us to follow Him; faith that He will lead us as we seek Him; faith that He is at work in lives around us, drawing men and women to Himself; faith that where and what and how He calls us to follow Him is for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory.
“. . .who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Not only did He take our sin and shame, and not only was our sinful self crucified with Him on the cross. But get this: what drove it was love. Jesus loved us – individually – and gave Himself for us. Why was Paul living by faith in Son of God? Why was Paul willing to let Christ live in him?
This Jesus loved him and gave Himself for Paul. Why in the world would Paul not want to give his life to this Jesus and let Jesus rule? If Jesus was going to die in Paul’s place and give Himself for Paul on a cross, why would Jesus now stop doing what was best for Paul? He won’t!
Christian, let’s crucify ourselves! Can you say you have been crucified with Christ?
Let’s quit letting our agendas rule the day! Does Christ live in you?
Let’s quit being driven by things and thoughts other than what Christ would want! Live by faith in the Son of God.
We are wasting our lives, thinking we know what is best, what we think is most loving for us. We don’t.
If Jesus loves us and gave Himself up for us – and He has – why would He not now want what is most loving and best for us?
Answer: He still does.
He loved us and gave Himself up for us while we were yet sinners. Do you really believe He want graciously now give us all things for our own good?
Let Christ live in you and diligently live by faith in Him.
After all, He loves you and gave Himself up for you.