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Bible Ballistics: BBs #259      Who Is Crucified???

I am crucified with Christ:

nevertheless I live;

yet not I,

but Christ liveth in me:

and the life which I now live

in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me,

and gave himself

for me.” Galatians 2:20

Paul calls us to die to self and live unto Christ, and by His power by faith. But Paul isn’t the only one who calls us to recognize the necessity to live for Jesus Christ our Lord by dying to self. But we live in a culture that exalts the “self” life within Christianity, just as it does in the world, and that is totally unbiblical!!! As we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord, we are called to identify with our Lord in every area of our lives. I live by the presence and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit of Christ.

Jesus Himself declared this freely during His earthly ministry. Our focus is to be on “living” for Christ Jesus by dying to self, living for the one who gave Himself as payment for MY sin, and gives us eternal life—NOW!

Then said Jesus unto his disciples,

If any man will come after me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross,

and follow me.  

25 For whosoever will save his life

shall lose it:

and whosoever will lose his life for my sake

shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited,

if he shall gain the whole world,

and lose his own soul?

or what shall a man give

in exchange for his soul?

27 For the Son of man shall come

in the glory of his Father

with his angels;

and then he shall reward

every man

according to his works.”    Matthew 16:24-27

Jesus came and lived on terra firma, He lived a pure, holy and sinless life within a body of flesh, then He willingly gave His life on Calvary for our sin, it’s what HE came to do!

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23

Jesus came and took on flesh that He might die in our place, what less can we do but to die to self and live unto, for, in and through HIS Spirit and power? To have the mind of Christ in us, that world might know that He claimed to be God and the only way to God?

I and my Father are one.” John 10:30

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

There is only way to have eternal life, and that is through repentance of our sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ’s atoning death for MY sin. Believing that HE IS GOD, and that He took on flesh to give His life for me!!! How could you not love and serve a God who loves you that much. So as you go through your day today, whether you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus or not, seek the face of God and listen to the voice of His Spirit speaking to you. Get into His Word and find out what HE has said about who we are “in” Christ Jesus.

Let this mind be in you,

which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God,

thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But

made himself

of no reputation,

and took upon him the form of a servant,

and was made in the likeness of men:

And

being found in fashion as a man,

he humbled himself,

and became obedient unto death,

even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also

hath highly exalted him,

and given him a name

which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow,

of things in heaven,

and things in earth,

and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue

should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.”    Philippians 2:5-11

So as I close for today, I’d like to call each of us to take some time this weekend to examine our hearts and lives and answer the question, “Am I living “crucified with Christ”? Or am I guilty as one who is, by my life choices, living to “…crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”? Who is glorified in my life, the things of the world or the holy and godly character we are called to manifest to the world? May we join with the Psalmist and know God as our judge, and listen to HIM?

Judge me, O Lord;

for I have walked in mine integrity:

I have trusted also in the Lord;

therefore I shall not slide.

Examine me, O Lord,

and prove me;

try my reins

and my heart.

For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes:

and I have walked in thy truth.” Psalm 26:1-3 

And remember “JESUS” is “TRUTH”; am I walking in His life, power, love and grace? Let’s walk together with Him? I’m willing, will you join me and be:

I am crucified with Christ:

nevertheless I live;

yet not I,

but Christ liveth in me: