Why do we try so hard to gain acceptance with God and others through our own works and strength? We are powerless! “For while we were still weak [powerless], at the right time Christ died for the ungodly [put your name right here]” (Romans 5:6). As we saw yesterday, the law only brought condemnation. When we were (maybe still are) struggling with the “law of sin that dwells in [us]” (7:23); “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (5:8).
Take a moment and think back over your life. Can you remember a time when you had no thought of being right with God? Now, go back, way back, before you entered the world stage; nearly two thousand year ago, and then go back before the world and universe existed. YOU WERE ON THE MIND AND HEART OF GOD!! He planned that His son would die for you and me, the “ungodly” and provide a way out of death brought by sin.
This death brought by the Law of God was intentional. He wanted us to “live to” Him! But there is only one way we can truly experience this “new life” working in us. Paul helps us grasp this truth; “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).
Do you really see yourself “crucified with Christ” or is there still some part of your old self that still wants recognition? If you just said “yes” to that question, you are not alone. The more the Holy Spirit reminds me of this truth, the more I want to live this truth in me. Seek the Spirit’s help and He will make it clear to your heart and understanding.
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