Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Resurrection Words Day 6: Union

Day 6: Union

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

We are, once again, back at Galatians 2:20. Through the resurrection of Christ, we have died to our old self that was ruled by our sinful nature, and we now live a new life in Christ. Our death and resurrection take place through our union with Christ

As Galatians 2:20 says, "Christ lives in me". The means by which Christ lives in us is through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, as pointed out numerous times in Romans 8:9-11:

"You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you."

As we saw in our Scripture passages on day four (Romans 6:2-4; 6-11) we are joined (united with, in union with) to Christ in his death, in his burial and in his resurrection. In this vital union we have with Christ, we have the means by which we walk in the newness of eternal life (Romans 6:4). Our new life is now empowered by our union with Christ -   we live in and through Him. It is now our responsibility to allow the Holy Spirit to live the resurrection life of Christ through us.

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:3-4

In the days ahead we will look at how the Spirit of God living in us benefits us in this life and in the life to come.

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