Sin is no longer your master
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
Galatians 2:20 is the best and most concise statement of the Christian life in the New Testament. Paul makes it clear here that the new life we live rests squarely on and in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. And the linchpin of it all is the resurrection.
Without it we are without hope. And as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, we are still in our sins, still under the control of sin and death. Think of the implications of Galatians 2:20 if Christ had not been raised. How could Paul write “but Christ lives in me?” Or, “I live by faith in the Son of God?” These statements are meaningless apart from the resurrection.
But Christ was raised from the dead. And everything changed when he walked out of that tomb.
It means that you and I “were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). As Galatians 2:20 states, we “have been crucified with Christ.”
Apart from the resurrection, this is a scary statement. Why would anyone want to die in Christ if there were no hope of being raised to live a new life? But with the resurrection, we can boldly proclaim that we have died with Christ and that we no longer live. Why? Because Christ lives in us.
Let that stunning truth soak in. Here is what that means. You have a new way of life. You now live by faith in Jesus, the one who loves you and gave himself for you. This is the Christian life. This is your life in him.
Today, say along with Paul “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This is good news.
As my thanks for your gift this month I want to send you a copy of Trail of Assurance, a 2-CD audio series that explains the hope and assurance we have in Jesus. Taken from the book of Revelation, this series cuts through the noise of fear and legalism that characterizes most teaching on prophecy.
When you're finished listening, this would be an ideal way to share the power of the gospel with your friends. Let them borrow your copy or, better yet, invite them over to listen and dialogue together.
"Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades." He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 1:17, 18; 22:20 ESV)
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