Crucified With Christ – What does that mean? Word of God Speak Linkup
For the next weeks I will be joining Lisa Morris as she delves into studying 17 New Testament Books in 17 Weeks. That is the link to her Facebook Group if you wish to join us. This week we are studying Galatians and particularly looking at Galatians 2:20 – I’ve Been Crucified with Christ. I love studying one verse in depth and Lisa has chosen one scripture to memorize. But I am also reading through Galatians with some of her questions in mind.
S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.
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, NIV).
Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that (Galatians 2:20, The Message).
I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?
There were a few scriptures mentioned in my study Bible to check out.
Galatians 5:24 – crucified sinful nature
Galatians 6:14 – only boast in the cross of Jesus
Romans 6:8-10 – we live with Christ
Romans 7:6 – By dying… we are released from the Law, so we serve in a new way of the spirit, not in the old way of written code.
We died to sin – freed from its powers.
Galatians 1:4 – Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us.
1 Timothy 2:6 – Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for many.
Titus 2:14 – Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His own.
M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.
This passage is so powerful. It says the whole purpose of our Christian faith.
Being crucified, being cleansed, renewed, changed – a new person, the Spirit of Christ lives in me.
Grasp hold of that. In my bodily weakness Jesus is strong.
Many times Jesus has pulled me through. Every summer during Vacation Bible School that I run I have been sick, but Jesus has given me strength to continue and not miss a day.
When I first heard the words, “crucified with Christ” I hated that word. I heard I’ve been crucified with Christ and I cringed. Why?
Was I afraid of giving up some of me? Did I know that if I said those words it would mean total acceptance and giving over control to Jesus?
Releasing control – could I do that? Could I say that I have been crucified with Christ and He lives in me?
Yes – I wanted to be thoroughly dead to sin. That doesn’t mean I won’t sin but it means sin has no power over me.
Through the death and resurrection of Christ the power of sin over me is DEAD. I am cleansed in Him.
The old “me” is gone. The “I” no longer lives. Instead Christ lives in me. I live by faith in Jesus. (tweet this)
And that makes all the difference.
P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.
L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).
I felt a complete surrender as I prayed this morning. It was like being accepted all over again. It was giving up anything hindering my relationship with Jesus. I wrote this poem to remember this time.
I’ve Been Crucified with Christ
Surrounded by His Spirit
Enveloped by His Love
He dwells deep inside me
I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave His life for me.
Here is Robin Mark singing, I Have Been Crucified With Christ.
E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.
Father I am so glad you rescued me and brought me into Your family. I thank You that through the death of Christ I too have been crucified and brought into the Kingdom. May You continue to guide me and give me inspiration to learn more and more about You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.