Galatians 2:20: “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.”
Do you know how we sometimes tend to gloss over scripture and just say…”Hmmmm… I wonder what that means…”
But when we encounter verses like this, we need to pay close attention. After all, it talks about somebody that died with somebody and now lives a new life in that somebody. Confused? Well the Bible says, “I have been crucified with Christ”.
This tells us a couple of things: First it tells us how Jesus finally dealt with sin. Sin is man’s problem. The Bible says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The Bible also says, “The wages of sin is death.”
The punishment for sin is death. But the prescription for the sin problem is also death. The funny thing is that we try to “pooh-pooh” with sin by treating it the wrong way. We try to “modify” behavior. We believe we can change on our own strength and to a certain limit we can. The books on “Self-Help” or “D.I.Y.” (Do it yourself) is a billion dollar business. People think we can simply “google” our way out of a predicament. One of the most popular book series is the “Book for Dummies” series. We can almost imagine a book called “Dealing with Sin for Dummies”.
The only way to deal with sin is to CRUCIFY it. If there was another way Jesus would not have come and died on the cross for our sins. Therapy or inner healing cannot solve the problem of sin. We have to surrender our lives to Christ and “Be Born Again!” Jesus said. “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
John Gregory Mantle wrote: “There is a great difference between realizing, ‘On that Cross He was crucified for me,’ and ‘On that Cross I am crucified with Him.’ The one aspect brings us deliverance from sin’s condemnation, the other from sin’s power.”
In an issue of Daily Bread, it says: “Recognizing that we “have been crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20), we should, as Paul admonished in Romans 6:11, consider ourselves “to be dead indeed to sin.” We still have sinful tendencies within, but having died to them, sin no longer has dominion over us. We die to our selfish desires and pursuits. But believers must also think of themselves as “alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:11). We should do those things that please Him.
Victorious Christians are those who have died—to live! - R.W.D.
George Mueller, when questioned about his spiritual power, responded simply, “One day George Mueller died.” It was said that, Pastor Charles Finney slipped away to a secluded spot in a forest to die to self. And evangelist Christmas Evans, putting down on paper his surrender to Christ, began it by writing: “I give my soul and body to Jesus.” It was, in a very real sense, a death to self.
Another entry in Our Daily Bread says: “A young man approached an older Christian with this question: “What does it mean as far as this life is concerned to be ‘crucified with Christ’?” The believer replied, “It means three things: (1) a man on a cross is facing in only one direction; (2) he is not going back; and (3) he has no further plans of his own.”
Commenting on this, T. S. Rendall wrote: “Too many Christians are trying to face in two directions at the same time. They are divided in heart. They want Heaven, but they also love the world. They are like Lot’s wife: running one way, but facing another. Remember, a crucified man is not coming back. The cross spell finis for him; he is not going to return to his old life. Also, a crucified man has no plans of this own. He is through with the vainglory of this life. Its chains are broken and its charms are gone.”
In the light of these truths, would you say you are acting like a “crucified” Christian? – H.G.B.
Pastor Chito Cordero is Senior Pastor of Word International Ministries in Los Angeles located or WIN LA at 530 Benton Way in L.A. Ca 90057. For comments, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. or wordinternational.com.