Crucified with Christ
“I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 up for me.”
Galatians 2:20 NASB
A weighty sentence from Paul, and maybe too much to chew in a thought for the day, but this passage has been going around my head for a while. We are co-crucified with Christ. I have to somehow reconcile being dead and that my new life is by faith in the Son of God. It wasn’t a death in my flesh that I suffered, but a death to my old nature so that I can live with a new nature purchased by the blood of Christ.
I try to understand the theory, but the working out in the everyday life is a work in progress.
The more I read it the more freedom I feel I have. I am drawn to its words again and again, I am dead to my life, I no longer live, the life I live is because of faith in Jesus. He loved me and died for me. Somehow this passage brings to life the reality of the journey of salvation. It is death, it is the end of your life, but it is now a glorious new life in Christ. As I write this I can’t help but think how worldy I am, I spent the afternoon looking at sofas, not very spiritual. I did see one showroom assistant who I wondered if God would give me a word of knowledge for, but nothing came. Is this allowed for someone who now lives by faith in the Son of God? It doesn’t seem to live up to the ‘died with Christ’ – I think I’m expecting it to be more spectacular, sometimes it is.
It is ramblings from my trying to grasp the meaning and live in its reality.
Lord help me to know what it is to be co-crucified with you, help me to understand that the life I live in the flesh is by faith in you. In Jesus name Amen.