Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #56
Posted: August 19, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

The IN CHRIST truth for this week is found in Galatians 2:20 which says, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Paul begins this great IN CHRIST truth with a bold statement, I am crucified with Christ…”  The verb ‘crucified’ is in the perfect tense telling us there has been a past action that has produced a present, ongoing, and right now result.  All that is true in Paul’s experience in this phrase is true for us.  The old Pharisee Saul died freeing him from the law of do’s and don’ts to please God.  This crucified position also canceled the power of the old Adam that enabled Paul to have the power of sin broken.  He no longer had to serve sin.  May we who are born from above say, “I am crucified with Christ…”

Though I am dead by an eternal position to all that is around me Paul tells us that life still goes on.  Paul used this phrase, “…nevertheless I live…” to magnify that life still goes on.   No matter what has happened in my eternal position life still goes on.  There will continue to be temptations.  Paul said, “there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…”  There will continue to be suffering.  Peter said, ‘think it not strange when fiery trials come you way’.  There will continue to be death.  The writer of Hebrews says, ‘it is appointed unto man once to die’.  No matter what we do, life still goes on.  How are we to face the life that goes on from a crucified position?  How can I be dead to the power of temptation?  How can I be dead to the pain of suffering?  How can I be dead to the prison of the grave? 

Paul tells us though life goes on I can not live the crucified life.  He must live it in me and through me.  Paul said, “…Christ liveth in me:”  The word ‘liveth’ means for the duration of life.  It is a person within a person living His life in me and through me.  The ‘Christ life’, the ‘Crucified life’ is not a life I produce but a life that Christ reproduces in me and through me. 

Paul tells us the ‘right now’ life of the flesh can be lived on a higher plane.  Paul mentions three driving forces that would cause us to live the crucified life while still in the flesh.

One of the driving forces is to live by the ‘faith of the Son of God’.  This will take us away from sight living.  The word ‘faith’ means a convincing conviction to rely all upon Him.  This is not my faith, but our text tells us that it is the faith of the Son of God.  The title ‘Son of God’ speaks of one who is a Son and God.  It also speaks of one who is God and the Son.  Surely, Christ is the God man.  He is all God and all man.  Christ liveth in me

A second driving force to live the crucified life is found in the phrase “…who loved me…”  This is an abundant love that only comes from an eternal source.  It is an unconditional love.  Notice that it is in the past tense.  It is everlasting.  It has no beginning and will have no end.  It is personal rather than collective.  We often speak of His love for the world or for the church.  Here it is His love for me that causes me to live the crucified life.  Christ liveth in me. 

The third driving force to live the crucified life is in the phrase, “…and gave himself for me.”  The word ‘gave’ means to deposit, transmit, or entrust.  The word ‘for’ means in place of or as a substitute.  Through His death on the cross He deposited, transmitted, and entrusted His life into me.  Christ liveth in me. 

In this verse lies the deep secret to living the crucified Christian life.  You will miss the little phrase that unlocks this secret by a casual observation of this verse.  The secret is in the phrase, “…NOT I BUT CHRIST…”, “…LIVETH IN ME…”

 

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