Crucified with Christ

Text: Galatians 2:20

This verse is often cited to make a point about living for Jesus. It is easy to quickly cite it in passing, yet there is a lot in this verse. In this lesson, we will examine 11 phrases in this verse that teach us what it means to be crucified with Christ.

I

  • Paul is writing (Galatians 1:1) – but he is not talking about something that applies only to him in his role as an apostle
  • This is a responsibility that all Christians have – we are to imitate Paul in matters like this (1 Corinthians 11:1)
  • Individual responsibility – no one can live righteously for us (Ezekiel 18:20); we must do it ourselves

Have Been Crucified

  • Crucifixion involves a death – this had taken place already for Paul and the Galatians
  • Obviously symbolic – our “old self was crucified” (Romans 6:6); we become “dead to sin” (Romans 6:11)
  • We are expected to give up our “evil practices” (Colossians 3:9)

With Christ

  • Remember the sacrifice of Christ – He willingly offered His life for us (John 10:17-18)
  • Remember that without His sacrifice we would have no hope (Romans 5:6)
  • He showed us the way – we must conform to His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-6)

And It Is No Longer I Who Live

  • Paul was still living – this is the nature of our sacrifice (Romans 12:1)
  • There may be times when our sacrifice involves physical death (ex: Stephen – Acts 7) – but for most of us, we must offer a living sacrifice
  • We must deny self (Luke 9:23) – not just about what we have done in the past (baptism); we must sacrifice our lives for Him daily

But Christ Lives in Me

  • How does Christ live in us? … similar to the question about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
  • Not directly and personally – Jesus is in heaven at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12-13)
  • Through faith (Ephesians 3:17), which comes from the word (Romans 10:17) – His law must be written on our hearts (Hebrews 8:10)

And the Life which I Now Live in the Flesh

  • We continue to live in the world – though we are strangers and aliens (1 Peter 2:11)
  • But life here is temporary (James 4:14; Hebrews 9:27) – prepare for death by being crucified with Christ

I Live by Faith

  • Faith is necessary for salvation (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Not belief alone – we must live by faith (Romans 1:16-17; James 2:24)

In the Son of God

  • We must believe who Jesus is (John 8:24) – His identity is the foundation of the church (Matthew 16:18)
  • We must believe and obey His gospel in order to be saved (Mark 16:15-16)

Who Loved Me

  • Love is a characteristic of God (1 John 4:7-8) – we see the Father through Jesus (John 1:18; 14:18-19)
  • It was this characteristic that was behind His willingness to sacrifice (John 15:13)

And Gave Himself Up

  • He left heaven and came to earth in the form of a servant (Philippians 2:6-7)
  • He became obedient to the point of death (Philippians 2:8)

For Me

  • Personal salvation – Jesus came to save each one of us (Acts 10:34-35)

Conclusion

  • Jesus gave up His life for us – we must give up our lives for Him

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