My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, November 5, 2012
Crucified with Christ
“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.
(Galatians 2:19 NASB)
“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)
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
(Galatians 2:21 NASB)
The Apostle Paul comes to this moment where he makes a very
powerful declaration of his relationship with Christ. Paul had been an
avid follower of the Jewish laws and he understood all of the
ramifications therein. He also understood the "lostness" of humanity and
the desperate need for salvation. Jesus came and on the cross he
fulfilled, once and for all, all the requirements of the Law. This was
not something that we could have done on our own. We could not be saved
by our own righteous works, but only by the shedding of Christ's blood
in his crucifixion. However, for us to become partakers of that which
he had prepared for us, we too have to allow ourselves to participate in
the crucifixion. Christ gave up all of his own rights so that he could
save all of us. We too must give up our own selfish rights and join
him in crucifying all to the cross. The joyful moment then comes in
knowing that the price has been paid, but now the relationship which God
intended for all of humanity has been rectified. I turn my face toward
him, the one whom I seek on a daily basis and he fills me up with his
holy presence. Gregory of Nyssa once said that "seeing is the same as
possessing." That is why my reflection is now of the one who died for
me on the cross and gave up all things for me and I can say together
with Paul, "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me!"
Once we are crucified with Christ the goal is to Christlikeness.
Paul understood this and kept his eyes on the goal until the very end of
his life. Phineas Bresee, founder of the Church of the Nazarene used
to say, "Nothing to the left, nothing to the right, straight ahead,
Jesus only!" At the end of the day, that's what I want. I want to be
able to push aside all the things of this world and keep my eyes
completely and totally focused on Jesus Christ. I want to know Christ!
I want Christ to live in me.
Lord, please help me on a daily basis to keep my focus on Jesus and
him only! May the obstacles of this world which come across my path be
immediately crucified so that Christ may constantly dwell in me. Amen.