June 9th


"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 of the Son  of  God, who loved me and gave Himself for me"  (Gal.  2:20).

Have you ever seen yourself crucified on the cross in Christ when he was crucified? Perhaps, you never thought of it quite that way before.  However, Paul declares that we were crucified with Christ.  That means at the very same time.  When Christ died -- we died.  The most significant things in our Spiritual walk will be with our identification to and  with Christ.  Adam's old sin nature that he received from Satan was being put to death on that cross.   Adam's original sin penalty being passed on to us was also being put to death on that cross.  Everything that would ever cause a separation between me and my Heavenly Father was being put to death on that cross.  Some Christians are still attempting to put to death things today.  The real root of these things involve religious activity doing things today, that already were completed and done by Christ on the cross. We need a full Holy Spirit revelation renewing our mind, with our identification to the Christ that we were co-crucified with on the cross.

Not only were we with Him in His crucifixion and death on the cross, but since our Spirit rebirthing, we are now alive together with Him in His resurrection life.  We are now living a Spirit-shared life with Christ.  For "he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (I Cor. 6:17). That is why Paul says, that you me actually being seeing me here in the flesh living. Paul clearly stated the truth, "it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20a). This is a difficult statement for the natural mind to accept.  We will surely need the help of the Holy Spirit our teacher and helper.  The natural man cannot see or hear this truth.  The Spirit speaks, shows, and reveals this to those who truly love God (I Cor. 2:9,10).  If you don't want to see this reality and truth of Christ, you will never see it or hear it.  If you really love God and are seeking Him and not just things, you are available for the Holy Spirit's revelation of this eternal liberating secret.

Paul goes even further and tells us that he lives no longer by his faith, but the faith of  the Son of God.  Paul lives by the faith or faithfulness of Christ in him as his life. The Holy Spirit is going to reveal Christ so that we can move from our faith to His faith (Rom. 1:17). Paul tells us that Christ gave Himself up for me.  In the Greek text this clearly declares  that this part is not past but ever present.  Our blessed Lord Jesus Christ is now living  in every member of  the many-membered Body of Christ, and Christ is at intervals giving Himself up today to live and be expressed through you as you. What marvelous love!  What marvelous grace, that Christ lives in me!

Written by Dwight Davis


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