Crucified

 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which 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

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE


Romans 3:22
And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction,

Romans 4:25
He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification.

Romans 5:6

For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:8
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:6
We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

Romans 8:10
But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit gives you life because of righteousness.

Romans 14:7
For none of us lives to himself alone, and none of us dies to himself alone.

1 Corinthians 6:17
But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:14
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, therefore all died.

Galatians 1:4
who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Galatians 5:24
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Galatians 6:14
But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.

Philippians 1:21
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

 

 

SELECT COMMENTARY

 

PULPIT: Verse 20. – This verse brings out into fuller detail the several points bound up in the succinct statement of ver. 19. I am crucified with Christ (Ξριστῷ συνεσταύρωμαι); I have been crucified with Christ. I am on the cross, fastened thereto with Christ; the object, therefore, with him of the Law’s abhorrence and anathema. If we ask, how and when he became thus blended with Christ in his crucifixion, we have the answer suggested by himself in Romans 6:3, 6, “Are ye ignorant, that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” – “that our old man was crucified with him?” It was by believing in Christ and being baptized into him; comp. Galatians 3:27, “All ye who were baptized into Christ did put on Christ ” – words which have to be taken in connection with the reference to “faith in Christ” in ver. 26. The perfect tense of the verb συνεσταύρωμαι points to a continued state of being, following upon that decisive crisis of his life; the apostle images himself as still hanging on the cross with Christ, while also sharing in his resurrection-life; his “old man” is on the cross, while his spirit partakes in and is renewed by Christ’s life in God

 

Elliott: Here we come upon the same vein of mysticism that is developed in Romans 6. One main way of conceiving of the specially Christian life is through the idea of union with Christ. This idea, when ultimately pressed to precise logical definition, must necessarily contain a certain element of metaphor. Consciousness, rigorously examined, tells us that even in the most exalted souls there is no such thing as an actual union of the human and divine. At the same time, there is possible to man an influence from above so penetrating and so powerful that it would seem as if the figure of union could alone adequately express it. Nor ought this to be questioned or denied because the more common order of minds do not find themselves capable of it. (See the Notes on Romans 6, and Excursus G to that Epistle.)

I am crucified . . .–The idea is something more than that of merely “dying with Christ”–i.e., imitating the death of Christ after a spiritual manner: it involves, besides, a special reference to the cross. It is through the power of the cross, through contemplating the cross and all that is associated with it, that the Christian is enabled to mortify the promptings of sin within him, and reduce them to a state of passiveness like that of death.

Nevertheless I live.–This death unto sin, death upon one side of my nature, does not hinder me from having life upon another side. The fact is that I live in a truer sense than ever before.

Yet not I.–It is, however, no longer the old natural man in me that lives: it is not that part of the human personality which has its root in matter, and is “of the earth, earthy,” but that part which is re-formed by the Spirit of Christ.

Now.–In my present condition as a Christian opposed to the old condition prior to the conversion.

In the flesh.–In this bodily human frame; man though I be. The Christian is outwardly the same as other men; it is his inner life which is “hid with Christ in God.”

By the faith.–The article is better omitted: by faith. The Apostle does not quite go so far as to say that faith is the cause of his physical life, though we may see, by other passages, that he is at least prepared to look upon faith as the great pledge, and even cause, of the physical resurrection. Here he is speaking of faith rather as the element or atmosphere in which the Christian lives. He is, as it were, steeped in faith.

Of the Son of God–i.e., faith of which the Son of God is the object; faith in the Son of God.

There is a curious variation of reading here. Some ancient authorities (including the Codex Vaticanus) instead of “faith in the Son of God,” have “faith in God and Christ.” This might appear to have some internal probability, as the less obvious expression of the two; but it may be perhaps explained satisfactorily in another way. On the whole, it seems best to abide by the Received text, which is that of the majority of MSS.

Who loved me.–Christ died for the whole world, but each individual Christian has a right to appropriate His death to himself. The death of Christ was prompted by love, not for the abstraction humanity, but for men as individuals.

 

KIRK’S COMMENTARY

 

We humans were created to live in multiple dimensions; in that we have both a physical life and spiritual life. We need to realize God sees us in the past, present and future.

 

Furthermore, salvation is a process and requires several components including creation, propitiation, faith, sanctification and glorification, which require God working through and for us.

 

When we profess Jesus and are immersed into His death via baptism our old self is crucified with Christ spiritually for we have accepted the most beautiful unwarranted gift exchange ever and forever. That is propitiation. Baptism is the symbolic ceremony of this born again life. Dead to self and alive to Christ.

 

The check to cover our salvation has been written and signed in Christ’s holy blood. However, if you are reading this, it’s not cashed yet. Jesus is backing it and we can be assured He has plenty of credit in the bank of God. We carry our check knowing full well it’s good and greater than all of our sins..

 

Like a paper check, the actual paper itself is of little significance but what matters most who wrote it and who is backing it. By faith, we claim it and by the process of sanctification, we take it to the bank. And glorification is cashing it in while giving it all back to God.

 

KIRK’S PRAYER

 

Heavenly Father, your grace is abundant for you are more than abundant in all that You do and are. I got You and You got this!

 

EXPOUNDING PICTURES

 

 

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