“I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
Observations / Interpretations
-Crucified with Christ—What Jesus experienced should be my experience. His flesh was put to death, and so was mine. All who accept Christ—having been baptized into Him— are now free from sin (Romans 6:6-7). POWER of sin, not just past actions.
-No longer I who live; Christ lives in me—my life does not belong to me. Freed from sin, we are now constrained to live the new life (Romans 6:4). newness of life: Romans 6:11
-Live by faith in the Son of God—Paul knows who Jesus is—who He proved Himself to be. He rose from the dead, proving He was indeed the Son of God. Therefore, the “life which I now live” is a resurrected life, and one that has to be lived by faith. It is not necessarily a life that can be physically seen, at least not right now.
-Who loved me and gave Himself up for me—everything Jesus has done is out of His love for us, the ultimate proof of which is Him giving up His life for us.
-I do not nullify the grace of God--grace instead of wrath! (Rom. 6:23)
For if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly. (cite a few 10 commandments, ask who has never broken). The grace of God is what empowers a person to live a righteous life. The righteous life is not something which can be done through a set of rules and practices by human effort. The righteous life is the resurrected life of Christ working in a person. MY RIGHTEOUSNESS IS BASED ON HIS PERFORMANCE—NOT MINE.
By the grace of God, a person can be put to death and be given a new life pleasing to God—CHRIST’S LIFE.—The Exchanged Life.
Watch the video above for application points and for an illustration. The diagrams in the sermon were used by permission of Grace Fellowship International (https://gracefellowshipinternational.com/), specifically from Charles R. Solomon's Handbook to Happiness.
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!