Day 25 - Union with Christ Jesus
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)
The Son of God loved us and gave Himself for us. A song we sing in church goes, “deeper than the rolling sea, higher than the mountain peaks, stronger than the rushing wind, shattering the pow’r of sin, Your love is all I need! 1” Think hard on what it means to be loved like this.
Christians are people who believe impossible things. Paul’s words here stem from the impossible sentence “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me”.
In verse 19 Paul says, “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.” He describes how his former life of righteousness through obedience to the law is over. Instead, now something wonderful has taken place. Just as Christ died and was resurrected, so our former life has died and Jesus lives in us now in this new life. By His death and resurrection, we have been joined to Christ in such a way that His righteousness is ours and can never be taken away. Elsewhere, Paul writes “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 6:11).
Is it really possible that now Christ lives in me? The will of another struggles against mine for righteousness and holiness? Someone who helps me trust when I can’t trust on my own, gives me strength when I am weak, courage when afraid, joy when I am miserable, faith when I am doubting, love when I am selfish, resolve when I am tempted and hope when I am despairing? To be united to Jesus Christ means now, the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me, lives in me and by faith, I trust in Him.
- What does it mean that you are united to Christ? What is God empowering you to do?
- If we are united to Christ, what must we stop doing?
Our heavenly Father, help us live the life of Christ You have called us to. We have been united to Christ in death and resurrection so that His righteousness is mine, and I have power and resources I did not have before! Help me die to sin and live to righteousness because of the One who loved me and gave Himself for me. Help me live for Him, O Lord, and no one else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Our church that we will will crucify our old lives and live new ones given to us in Christ.
- The young adults ministry to university students and NSFs, that they will disciple effectively and bear much fruit amongst the young people.
- GBC to bear witness to others by loving them like Jesus does.