God’s Desire for Christ’s Church Is Crucified Living
To Please God we are expected to: Live Crucified
The believers in Laodicea were not being obedient to the clear commands Christ had already given them, thus they were not pleasing Him.
What had Jesus already asked for them to do, and taught them through their pastor’s ministry of the Word to them? Turn back with me to Romans 12.
· Crucified Living means Surrendered Living. Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
· Crucified Living means Exchanged Living.Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ 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 for me.” Crucified Living means never getting out of sight of the Cross.
No verse more clearly summarizes Crucified Living than Paul’s testimony in Galatians 2:20. No verse more clearly frames what each of us should affirm for ourselves today.
Let’s do a short lesson in the grammar of the Bible. To remember the cross of Christ we need to remember it not merely as a distant historical fact—no, we must see it as an event that we were a part of, personally and directly and powerfully.
So, when Paul says Christ was crucified, he says that Christ crucified him also. And if you understand the doctrine of our union with Christ from God's Word that means that every single one of us were also crucified that day with Jesus Christ.
“I have been crucified with Christ”
The summary of the grammar of this verse would be: it is a perfect, passive, indicative.
The summary of the lesson is that Paul says: “What I am telling you is a fact, I have actually already been crucified by God with Jesus Christ; God crucified me and I didn’t do it myself; it happened and was completed in the past, once and for all, and never needs repeating.” All my sins past, present, and future were placed upon Him back then two thousand years ago on the Cross of Calvary.
“What I am telling you is a fact (indicative mood),
I have actually already been crucified by God with Jesus Christ (perfect tense);
God crucified me and I didn’t do it myself; it happened and was completed in the past, once and for all, and never needs repeating…(passive voice)”
“Jesus died in my place and also I died with Him. So by Christ's death and mine with Him I have died to sin. If a drunk dies, he can no longer be tempted by alcohol because his body is dead to all physical senses. He cannot see the alcohol, smell it, taste it, or desire it.
In Jesus Christ we have died to sin so that we no longer want to “continue in sin.” But we are not only dead to sin; we are also alive in Christ. We have been raised from the dead and now walk in the power of His resurrection. We walk in “newness of life” because we share His life”.
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