“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
If you don’t have a life verse yet, I submit Galatians 2:20 to you as a possible contender for the job. When the truth of this verse hits your heart, it’ll feel like you touched a live wire with 2,000 volts pumping through its coils. You’ll feel dead. And then you’ll feel alive. Our lives are no longer our own, brothers. Christ lives in us and works through us. He brings with Him life after death. That’s the way of the gospel.
Paul reminds us of the time Peter struggled to walk in the freedom of the gospel. Christ’s cross and empty tomb finished the demands of the law. “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4). If the law were a subway, Christ is the final stop. Everyone off. If the law were a movie, Christ is the hero-scene. Roll the credits. With Christ, we’ve died to the law, and we now live with Christ.
If you are a Christian, your commitment to Him is more than merely believing that a man from Nazareth was crucified under Roman occupation. You were crucified, too, right along with Him. You are a crucified man. As Jesus struggled to breathe, your sins and your past life were struggling to breathe too. And when Christ walked out of that borrowed burial site, you walked out, too—into new life. Right now, your life is animated by the Lord Jesus. Christ lives in you, and you live by faith. Faith in Christ is now the driving force in your life, if only you’ll let Him lead.
Why did Christ do all of this for you? Because He knew you were going to be a great Christian? Ha! No, not at all. He knew you and I would be bumbling followers of The Way. Did He do all of this because our good works caught His attention? Nope. Paul is clear: Jesus loved us and gave Himself for us out of His great love for us (Ephesians 2:4–5). Jesus loves you, brothers. The Bible tells us so. Rejoice. Live freely in Christ, with Christ, and for Christ. That’s the Christian life.
Written by J.A. Medders