Crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20-21)Pastor Joe Sanders, March 30, 2014
Part of the A Theology of the Cross series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We live in a culture that is fascinated with death and life. Maybe more specifically, there’s a preoccupation with how to beat death, how to live forever, how to come back from death, etc. Of course, even within Christianity these are huge themes; the person that we follow and that he have dedicated our lives to claims to have come back from the dead. So much of the New Testament contains language to describe who we are as we follow Christ- dead, alive, living forever, dying; it even uses the word “crucified” to describe us. What does all of this mean? How do we reconcile words and ideas that seem so far apart and so incompatible? The Bible says that we are dead and yet we live- there’s a fullness of life that comes from being crucified with Christ!
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20I 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. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (KJV)