Christ Lives In Me
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
In these words, Paul expresses three great thoughts.
The first of these finds expression in the words “I have been crucified with Christ.” When Christ died upon the cross, all of God’s people were identified with Him and included in that death. As we all died in Adam and inherited his sinful nature, so we all have been crucified together with Christ. Moreover, the power of His death now works in us daily. In Christ we have died to sin, so that we can live to God. Our union with Christ is total and dynamic, in that the power of His death and His life are both active in us.
Paul’s second thought is, “I no longer live.” Having participated in Christ’s death, he was able to say that. This is also the truth for every believer. My life has been given up to death on the cross of Christ. By faith, I see my old life, lived under the sentence of death, as now ended. While it may still reside and be able to operate within my sinful human nature, I have been set free in Christ, so that I am no longer obliged to serve sin.
The third thought expressed here by Paul is, “Christ lives in me.” Herein lies the secret of living a Christlike life. Christ was not only crucified for me. Nor does He live in heaven only to intercede for me. He actually lives in me! As His Father lived and worked in Him, so Christ now lives and works in us.
Take time to meditate on this. Allow the Holy Spirit to cause these words to live within you, and to gloriously manifest Christ in you.
Excerpted from Daily in His Presence by Andrew Murray with Bruce Wilkinson Copyright © 2011 by Andrew Murray with Bruce Wilkinson. Excerpted by permission of Multnomah Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.