There are so many who have written volumes about the cross of Christ that it would be foolish for me to pen more than what has already been written and said. Yet, I see a disconnect so often between the truth of the cross of Christ that is taught and written and how we live that truth. Let me explain what I am driving at by quoting a few references from Paul:
· “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).
· “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2).
I would never minimize Christ's death for us (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:14). That is the basis of our salvation, eternal life, and relationship with God the Father as His children, waiting for our final exit from earth to our heavenly home.
But have we really understood fully the implications of our death with Christ? Do I really see myself as on the cross with/in Christ as crucified with Him? I was also buried with Him (Romans 6:4). The word “buried” means “bury together with”. Paul goes on to say, “In order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…we too might walk in newness of life.” As if to make the point abundantly clear, Paul says the same thing in verse 5 to 11 and ends with a strong imperative; “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
While many argue that Romans seven is proof that we will always have a battle against sin in our lives; I conclude from Paul’s abundant testimony that what must control our thinking and behavior is by how we see ourselves as “identified or one with” Christ, as crucified with Him, buried and risen with Him, and walking in His life in me. The Holy Spirit has been given in us as the power to live in this new life. DO NOT GRIEVE HIM (Ephesians 4:30) or QUENCH HIM (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
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