One of the most important principles we should learn as believers is that we are crucified with Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
A dear brother I knew as a young man, wrote on this verse, and makes it very clear. “The believer is identified with Christ in His death. Not only was Christ crucified on Calvary, I was crucified there as well – in Him. This means the end of me as a sinner in God’s sight. It means the end of me as a person seeking to merit or earn salvation by my own efforts. It means the end of me as a child of Adam, as a man under the condemnation of the law, as my old, unregenerate self. The old “I” has been crucified; it has no more claim on my daily life. This is true as to my standing before God; it should be true as to my behavior.
The believer does not cease to live as a personality or as an individual. But the one who is seen by God as having died is not the same one who lives. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me! The Savior did not die for me in order that I might go on living my life as I choose. He died for me so that from now on He might live His life in me. The life which I now live in this human body, I live by faith in the Son of God. Faith means reliance or dependence on Christ, by yielding to Him, by allowing Christ to live His life in me.”
William MacDonald, Believers Bible Commentary, Thomas Nelson, 1990, page 696.
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