I had a ton planned for you this last week and then you know that thing, life? It happened to me and I fell way behind in work and keeping up my home and so the blog had to hit the back burner. Even though I skipped my post planned for Wednesday, and fell through with my "weekly prayer," I am still interceding for and with you as well as trying to figure out the best way to run this blog.
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I love the book of Galatians for so, so many reasons. One of the main ones being: it's all about faith in Jesus alone for full and finished salvation. We mustn't do anything but believe in Jesus for salvation.
No special prayers?
No good deeds?
No plentiful tithes?
No. None of that is going to get you into Heaven. Only Jesus.
Early on in my walk as a Christian, somehow, some way, (I didn't read my Bible--at all) I found this verse and I have clung to it ever since. Let's just meditate on it for a second and let it seep way down into the blackened depths of our heart to let the gospel transform and renew it again:
"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
Ah, the beautiful truth of Jesus.
I think that I love it so much because it's a blunt reminder of a real death and a new life--by faith alone--in a Savior that loves me to the point of death.
I have been crucified with Christ. || So, when Paul is saying this, he isn't talking about a physical death with Christ, but rather, the figurative act of "dying to self" and then the literal one of being hidden in Jesus. When our lives are hidden in Jesus', our eternal ones are secured in Him. This also grants us the freedom from sin that we are enslaved to otherwise. Sisters, do we truly see our lives to be hidden in Him? In our dear Savior who was crucified for our sake?
"For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:3-4 ESV)
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. || Each morning, we must wake up and remind ourselves of this. We must recall our baptism where we proclaimed the death of the "Jordyn of the world" and put on the "Jordyn hidden in Christ". The promise that God the Spirit dwells in me and guides my very being is such a comfort. In the times where I am sure that I just can't do it, whatever "it" is, what a joy to be reminded that "I can do all things through him who strengthens me" (Phillipians 4:13).
But it doesn't stop there. The promise that Christ lives in us means that "[He has made] us partakers of His righteousness; so that, while we can do nothing of ourselves, we are accepted in the sight of God" (J.Calvin). Our hard hearts aren't just made new, they are considered righteous at the throne of God because of the free grace we have in the Son.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God || Faith implies trusting in Jesus. Trusting His Word. Trusting that he will never leave us. Trusting that His death on the cross was enough for our sins. And that's it. Just faith. Nothing but faith.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Who loved me and gave himself for me || "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life." (Romans 5:10)
"In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10)
We don't deserve God's love, yet He loves us to the point of a brutal death on the cross. How much more faith would grow in us if we recalled this truth more often? We are free indeed because our Jesus stood in the place of our sins. He lived a real life, died a real death and was raised again. In the same manner, while we live our lives, we are able to hide in his so that when we die, we likewise will be raised because of the faith that we received by His grace.
"It will not be enough for any man to contemplate Christ as having died for the salvation of the world, unless he has experienced the consequences of this death, and is enabled to claim it as his own." (J. Calvin)