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 (ESV)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
This is the biggest mysteries revealed to the believer. The moment I trusted the Son of God as saviour, my new life in Christ was born and the old sin nature ‘in Adam (my heritage from my earthly parentage), was nailed to the cross 2000 years ago. The old man was crucified in Christ and severed at that point, but the nature of that old, fleshly self-life, will remain throughout my entire life-walk, in bitter rivalry with my new, created man in Christ, which must grow in grace and mature in the knowledge of Christ. The old man, severed at the cross, is crucified, and yet continues to unleash its assaults against the new life in Christ, which was born from above and lives for evermore.
The old sin nature, whose roots suck its strength from worldly desires and fleshly ego, ‘lusts‘ against the new life, which through re-creation is dead to the world and dead to the law, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. How dearly does my new life need to grow in grace, but how impossible in my own strength to combat the lust of the eye and the lust of the flesh and the pride of life! But God in His wisdom did not leave my new life in Him to overcome alone, when I was baptised into Christ as His newly born-again child. God sent His eternal, permanently-indwelling, life-giving Holy Spirit to become my life-Guide and my soul-Helper.
And as I submit to His gracious leading and gentle guidance, sin is mortified and grace is quickened. The more I respond to His gracious leading and gentle guidance the more I can say: I live, and yet not I but Christ lives in me- for it is His Spirit that is the Source of is leading and guiding my new-life in Christ in the things that I say and the way that I behave.
Thank You Father for Your indwelling holy Spirit to live alongside my new life to lead and guide me through this earthly life. Teach me to listen His voice and recognise His promptings and I pray that more and more Your will not mine be be done, until I can say with Paul, the life that I now life in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. AMEN.
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