I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…. (Gal. 2:20 KJV)
The mystery of Christ and His Church is summed up in the words of Galatians 2:20 above. The Apostle Paul says he has been crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me..”. At first glance, these words might be a little confusing or overwhelming, but as your understanding of what the Apostle is communicating here grows, your eyes will open to a new dimension of the glory to which God has called you.
He begins by saying that he has been crucified with Christ. That means he died with Christ. However, he clarified that though he is dead, he is still alive! This is another way of communicating the truth he had spoken of elsewhere that Paul the old man(the sinner), is dead, but Paul the new man is now alive in Christ. His old man died. His new man is now alive. He died, nevertheless, he is still alive!
He did not end there. He introduces another clause with the words “yet not I.” It means there is more about the old man dying and the new man now living that he wants to communicate. He says though it is him, Paul, the new man living, it is really not him living but Christ living in him! That means the new man has been united with Christ, and though it is Paul that is here now and living, it is really not Paul but Christ! This is the glory of the new creation. Christ lives in you.
Think about the significance of the word “but” in the verse above. Declare that “ I am a new creature in Christ and completely united and one with Him. I am a revelation of who He is!”
APPLY THE WORD
God’s desire is to be fully immersed in your being so that He will Iive in you as you. That means when you talk, people hear you, but it is not you that they hear but God! Reveal God to the world!
Thank the Lord for calling you into this glory in Christ.
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