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Devotional - week of January 26, 2014


NO LONGER LIVING

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.  Galatians 2:20

Think of what the words “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” imply. First, know that the words “faith in the Son of God” should be translated “faith of the Son of God.” Paul’s faith was the awesome faith of Jesus. Second, he is saying that he no longer makes decisions. Jesus, the one of perfect wisdom, is now the decision maker. Consider Romans 6:13:

And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

The Spirit of Christ in us makes those decisions for us and prompts us and enables us to obey. Our response is to give ourselves to God—in particular, to give our bodies to God.

Third, Paul’s statement means that he no longer is trying to make things happen. By faith, he leaves that in the hands of God. Of course, God does not try to make things happen. He makes them happen.

Fourth, Paul is no longer living with a spirit of competition. In Galatians 1:14, Paul tells his readers how competitive he was before he received Jesus as Lord and Savior.

And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

Paul explains, in Galatians 2:20, that he is no longer living because he has been crucified with Christ. When Christ died physically, all believers were crucified spiritually (Romans 6:6).

Sadly, few Christians know that they have been crucified with Christ and can continually experience that crucifixion by continually living out the 5 statements listed below. When we continue to obey those commands, we can grow in the quality of life Jesus promised and Paul had.