Much that we know of the Christian life is dependent upon the apostle Paul Who wrote half the books of the New Testament b. His conduct and attitudes are set Johnnie Robinson - Salvation / Christ Now Lives In Me us as an example - 1Co ; Php -- But what principles governed Paul's life as a Christian? In our text Ga we find Paul expressing some of the principles That guided his life as a disciple of Christ b. As he speaks of "the life which I now live in the flesh" -- What kind of life was that?
Are we governed by the same principles? We can't go March Of Nandi - Richard In Your Mind - The Future Prehistoric in time and join Christ on the cross!
But we can be united with Christ in His death when we are baptized! Note that Get Me Back On Time Engine Nº9 - Wilson Pickett - In South Africa into Christ is A baptism into His death - Ro b. Being united together in the likeness of His death - Ro c. Crucifying our old man with Christ - Ro d. For some it means a death "to the Law" - Ga a. Paul wrote of himself as a Jew who was at one time under the Law of Moses b.
Those who have been Johnnie Robinson - Salvation / Christ Now Lives In Me with Christ have died to the Law - Ro 2.
For all it means a death "to self" - Ga a. As Jesus taught, we must be willing to deny self to follow Him - Lk 3. For all it means we have crucified "the flesh" - Ga a. Which occurred in principle at our baptism - Rob. Which occurs in practice as we continue to "put to death" the deeds of the body - Ro ; Col 4.
For all it means we have been crucified "to the world" - Ga a. Before our obedience to Christ, we were in bondage to the rudiments of the world - Ga ,9 b. But now, Christ is our rule and authority in life - Col 2: ,; -- Any external Law, world or internal self, flesh controls have now surrendered to the authority of Christ [One who has been baptized into Christ and is letting Jesus be his or her authority in all things is living a "life crucified with Christ".
But note that Paul also wrote "the life which I now live" is It is like electricity a. I may not comprehend how it works b.
But I know how to get it working! We are taught how to make sure that He will abide in us a. By Jesus Himself - Jn ; b. The wonderful love of the Father and the Son - Jn 2. There is fulness of joy - Jn 3. There is peace, even in the midst of tribulation - Jn 4. There is the hope of being with Jesus and beholding His glory - Jn -- These are just a few of the many blessings of a life in which Christ lives in us! It should be The word 'faith' implies trust 2. Living by faith in Christ means constantly trusting in Jesus a.
Because He loves us! Ga 2. Because He gave Himself for us! Shall He not do more if we continue to trust Him? Ro 8: 4. Such love naturally compels one to live a life of faith in Him - cf. As a true indication of our love for Him - cf.
Jn 2. As a true indication that we really know Him - cf. We cannot nor dare not try to earn or Johnnie Robinson - Salvation / Christ Now Lives In Me our salvation - cf. Tit ; Ep 2. After all is said and done, we are still unworthy servants - cf.
Lk 3. If not for the grace of God Our faith would be useless b. Our repentance would meaningless c. Our baptism would be fruitless d. Our salvation would be impossible! And so, from beginning to end We must look to God and the Word of His grace b.
We must trust in His mercy offered through Jesus c. We are totally dependent upon Jesus and His death on the cross for any degree of true righteousness -- If we think we have earned or merited salvation on our own, Christ died in vain! Such was the life Paul lived in the flesh A life crucified with Christ b. A life Djangology - Django Reinhardt / Stephane Grappelli* - Django Reinhardt / Stephane Grappelli which Christ lived in Him c.
A life living by faith in Christ d. A life that did not set aside the grace of God 2. Can the same be said of us?
Have we been crucified with Christ in baptism? Is Christ living in us manifested by keeping His commandments? Are you living by faith in Christ trusting His blood, His Word? Are you trusting always in the grace of God not your own goodness or obedience? May the words of Paul move us to live the kind of lives becoming of those who call themselves Christians I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.
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