Have you ever heard the phrase, “My flesh must die daily, so Christ can live in me”? Today, we are going to learn exactly what people mean when they express this idea. This brings us to our key text coming out of Galatians 2:20 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
This is one of the passages of scripture that the above mentioned phrase is based upon. When Paul, the speaker of this text, says “I am crucified with Christ,” He is referring to two facts:
1.) Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself when He died on the cross, so we can have salvation. When Christ died, so did the bonds of sinful nature that people are born with as descendants of Adam and Eve. In that figurative sense, a piece of us died on the cross as well.
2.) The second sense in which we are crucified with Christ is “our flesh dying daily.” What this means is we must sacrifice our fleshly desires everyday, so we can live as Christ would have us to live. When we do that, Christ then is able to live in us. This is not to be confused with the fact that the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That still holds true. What is being referenced here is people setting aside — burying — their fleshly ways, so the light of Jesus can rise in us through our minds, actions, and attitudes towards others.
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