MY LIFE IN CHRIST
May 23, 1993
INTRODUCTION: "Christianity: Present tense" would be a great
title. It is in this text that we have a word of personal
testimony from the pen of that mighty apostle who perceived in
the work of Calvary a power both transforming and triumphant:
"I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live." Paul is
telling us that he died to live. So precious was the new
appraisal and appreciation and appropriation of the divine
Presence, that he reckoned the "old man" to have been crucified
with Christ (Romans 6:6).
This passage stands in the context of the Law versus Grace. It
deals with man's good works as opposed to the work of God's
grace on the cross. The Law demanded death as the righteous
penalty for sin, and its penalty was executed upon us in the
Person of Jesus Christ when He died as our representative. The
Law that was against us, He took out of the way, "nailing it to
His cross" (Col. 2:14). Being then crucified with Him, we were
freed from the penalty of the broken law. The demands of the
Law have been fully satisfied and therefore have no more hold on
And thank God, even though we died with Christ, we did not
remain dead. God was so completely satisfied with the finished
work at Calvary that He raised Christ from the dead, and now we,
too, are made alive together with Him (Eph. 2:5). My old self
was crucified with Christ, but now I have His life. No longer
do I struggle for life through trying to keep the Law, but I
"live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave
Himself for me."
"Free from the law, O happy condit ...
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