July 4, 2019

Crucified With Christ - Galatians 2:20

"A true Christian is not just saved, he's transformed."

Family Discussion:

  • What does it mean to crucify the old self with Christ in a practical way?
  • Why is Christ not just a compartment filed away in the life of a radically saved Christian? What does it mean to have Christ living in you?
  • Is He on the throne in your heart today? And how can you tell if he is and if Hes' not? How could you have Him live there right now?

Transcription:

00:05 Have you ever imagined what it must have felt like to be crucified? Jesus will give you a chance in the next 10, 20, 30, 40 years of your life to do that. It's in Galatians 2:20. If there's one verse you want to memorize, it's this one. Here's what it says. "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who 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."

00:43 The Bible talks about two kinds of people. It talks about natural man and spiritual man, and natural man lives for me. All of life's decisions revolve around me, and without the strong work of Christ, this life ends up in a great big, confusing mess, a s many of us know. Spiritual man on the other hand has given his will, has given his heart to Christ. In the spiritual man, Jesus is in control. He's not just savior, he's Lord. He's not just in the front seat, he's in the driver's seat. You're not just in church, you're in love with the one who's head of the church, Jesus himself. You don't just have a bible, you have a love letter. He's not just a compartment in your life, He's in the middle of your life. He's not just a file in your filing cabinet marked 'Jesus' that you take out every Sunday morning, He owns the whole filing cabinet. In the spiritual man's life where there was confusion, there's harmony. Where there was bitterness, there's compassion. Where there was immorality, there's purity. Where there was guilt, there's forgiveness. A true Christian is not just a better man, not just a better woman. A true Christian is a new man, a new woman. A true Christian is not just saved, he's transformed. He's not just going to heaven, he's living like he's already there.

02:12 So here's the questions. What does it mean to crucify the old self with Christ in a practical way? And then this question: Why is Christ not just a compartment filed away in the life of a radically saved Christian? What does it mean to have Christ living in you? And then this question: Is He on the throne in your heart today? And how can you tell if he is and if Hes' not? How could you have Him live there right now? And here's the lifeline for the day, and go ahead and memorize it: I've been crucified with Christ. It's no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.

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