” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Many believe that this verse is speaking of an ongoing process in the believer’s life.
As if, this crucifixion continues daily in our lives.
As if, the work of crucifixion is not complete. And we are still left to go through a self-crucifixion process. Daily nailing ourselves upon a spiritual cross to deal with our sins and iniquities.
A process, that even believers are supposed to do daily.
But this is not true. This is not what this passage means!
This verse is meant to be a source of great hope and peace for us.
Because it establishes that our old man, our old self, is dead. He has been crucified along with Christ.
Now, some might say, that the process of our crucifixion is still going on.
But how can that be?
Is Christ still being crucified?
NO. The answer is “No!”.
A Done Deal
He was once crucified for all sins forever. And then He sat down. It is Done. It is Finished.
The same is true for us when we believed on Him as our Savior. We were crucified with Him at that moment.
And, consequently, all of the law’s demands upon us were fulfilled.
We, through the law, have fulfilled the law. Because we were crucified. The penalty has been fully paid.
We can be certain of this in only one way. By faith.
Because the scriptures say so. Period.
We can doubt that and wrestle with that and not “feel” that it is true.
But the scriptures say it is so.
AND, to top it all off, since we are now “dead”, our lives are hidden with Christ, in God.
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3)
In fact, we are not simply dead, we are also resurrected.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)
We cannot be risen unless the crucifixion has been completed. Unless the old man was put to death.
All our own works to make ourselves better, cleaner, more sanctified, more anything that is good, are all in vain. Because the old man has been put to death.
And we NOW are free to walk in newness of life. By resting in Him to live His life within us.
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