Crucified with Christ

“We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, does not that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  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. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law,Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:15-21

Surrendered

Surrendered

What does it mean to be crucified with Christ?  It means that through faith I have surrendered my life to Christ through His sacrifice and as a result I have died and the life I live no longer belongs to me but to Him.  These words of Paul require a faith response to the satisfactory atonement of Christ that requires the breaking and collapse of my independence brought about by my own hands to the complete abandonment of my life to the supremacy of the Christ.  It is coming to the realization through the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit that no one can do this for me, but rather that I must make a volitional choice to decrease so that Christ in me might increase (see John 3:30) as I accept the reality that God demonstrated His love for me in that while I was a sinner, Christ died for me (see Romans 5:8). 

To be certain, God may bring us to this point point of revelation 365 times a year, but He will not push us through it. He will always requires we make a willful act of surrender through faith. Such a faith transaction requires the breaking of the hard outer layer of our individual independence from God, and the liberating of our lives and nature into oneness with Him.  Quite literally, He requires that we choose to set aside our life agendas and ideas of followship in exchange for our utmost loyalty to Jesus. And once this act has occurred, there is no possibility of misunderstanding — our lives belong to Him for we have been bought with a price...” (see 1 Corinthians 6:20)  

With this mind, has that breaking of our independence come? If not, then we must own up to the reality that all our banter is but a religious sham until our surrender is complete.  so we must ask ourselves — Have I given up? Have I surrendered to Him?  Have I placed no conditions whatsoever as to how the brokenness of my life will come?  When I reach such a point, immediately the reality of the supernatural identification with Christ can take place and the witness of God’s Spirit will be unmistakable.

The simple reality is that the passion and vitality of following Christ comes from deliberately signing away the perceived rights of the flesh and by becoming a bond-servant to Jesus. Until then, our lives will serve to still arm God’s calling and commission. For until surrender occurs through His death on the cross in me, my life will seek only for “my” will to be done instead of for “His” will to be done.  So we all must ask if we are allowing Him to help Himself to us, or if we more concerned with our own ideas of what we are going to be?

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