I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Sothe life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
So you too consider yourselvesdead to sin, butalive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)
Christ is alive and continues his ministry through us while we are still in this world. These two verses encapsulate this principle of the kingdom to us. When we grasp this truth, in faith, our lives will be in for radical change. We become overcomers; no longer helpless victims enslaved to sin.
When we are crucified with Christ, we count ourselves dead to sin. Yes, sin still lurks inside of us, always trying to reassert itself. But the good news is we no longer have to surrender to its control. This spiritual truth in the following verses:
So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God arethe sons of God. (Romans 8:12-14)
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6, NIV)
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13, NIV)
Liveby the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
These are verses for us to meditate on and memorize. Practice saying the following to yourself:
- I am crucified with Christ.
- Christ lives in me! He has taken up residence in my heart, and He is now in control.
- The life I live now in my body is by faith in Christ.
When we mess up from time to time, we then confess to God, our heavenly Father, for “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgivingus our sins and cleansingus from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Today, ask yourself: In what ways does my life reflect that Christ is living in me?