“Not I, but Christ lives in me!”
> Reference passage: Galatians 2:20. And it states, “I am crucified, with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth/lives 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.” Here, the Apostle Paul, is the one speaking. What does he mean by having been crucified with Christ? “To be crucified with Christ”, he meant, that he had already committed/devoted/dedicated, and submitted/subjected, and surrendered/totally yielded, his all to the Lord Jesus Christ. Meaning, he had already affixed/attached/ adhered/held fast/fastened, his entire life to Jesus. And that having done so, he is further saying that, yes, he is still alive and living, yet, in effect, it’s not really him anymore, who lives, but the Lord Jesus Christ, who indwells him, lives and/or prevails over his entire life. So that now, the life that he is living, he is living, by/through the faith of the Son of God/God the Son ( the Lord Jesus Christ ), who loved him, and gave Himself, for him. Therefore, once we have affixed/attached/adhered/held fast/fastened our lives to Jesus, we no longer live, and should no longer live, according to our own ways and thoughts, but according to that of the Lord Jesus Christ’s ( Isaiah 55:7-9; I Corinthians 2:16B; II Corinthians 5:14-15; Philippians 2:13 ). We are no longer the masters of our own lives, but the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, and we, His subservient/obedient/compliant servants/slaves/stewards, fit/appropriate/suitable for His own use and prepared unto every good work ( II Timothy 2:21 ).
> In I Timothy 6:12, the Apostle Paul is also saying, “Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on Eternal Life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” Once we have affixed/fastened our lives to Jesus, we would be in a constant struggle/fight of faith. We would have to fight our faith out. Our battle against sin and temptations would always be there. We would have to always submit ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ, as we hold on to Him, for unto Him hath He called us ( Matthew 11:28; John 14:3; 6:37 ), being our Eternal Life ( I John 1:2; 5:11-13; John 3:36, 16; 10:27-28; I John 5:20 ). We would also have to resist the devil and/or satan, for him to flee from us ( James 4:7 ). And if we draw near to Jesus all the more, the Lord Jesus will consequently draw near us, as well ( James 4:8A ). For indeed, He is with us, while we be with Him; and if we seek Him, we will find Him; but if we forsake Him, He will forsake us, as well ( II Chronicles 15:2B, C & D ).
> According to the Apostle Paul, the life he now lives in his biological/biophysical body, he lives by/through the faith of the Son of God/God the Son ( Romans 8:3, 32; Hebrews 1:8 ). What is this faith of the Son of God or God the Son? The faith of the Son of God or God the Son is the kind of faith that can afford to believe ( Isaiah 46:9-10; Romans 4:17 ) and do ( Romans 4:21; Genesis 18:14A; Jeremiah 32:27 ) the impossible.2
> The Lord Jesus had to declare in Matthew 11:5, “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel/good news preached to them.” During the Lord Jesus Christ’s public ministry, in the flesh, or as a man ( being indwelt by His Godhood/Deity/Divinity– I Timothy 3:16; John 5:18; 10:30-33 & I John 4:1-3; Acts 20:28 ), He did many phenomenal and/or outstanding and/or remarkable and/or miraculous works2. The faith that was at work in the life of the Lord Jesus, was the same faith that later worked in the lives of His disciples, like Peter, and John, and Paul. None, but the faith, of the Son of God or God the Son ( the Lord Jesus Christ ). This is the faith that believes and does, the impossible.
> The faith of the Son of God or God the Son, is the faith that is believing and doing, the impossible. This faith is the faith that is not human- generated, but Christ- generated or produced and/or made.
> “Believing and doing the impossible”: Let us mention several instances from the Bible.
- Peter and John, at the Beautiful gate– ( Acts 3:1-16 ); One day, the Apostles Peter and John went to the temple, at about the 9th hour to pray. As they passed by, they saw a man congenitally lame ( or lame from birth ), sitting at about the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful. The man is daily brought there, to beg for alms from the people that go to the temple. Having seen Peter and John pass by, the lame man begged for alms. Peter and John stopped walking, and asked the man to behold them. And as the lame man intently beheld them, Peter said to the man, “Silver and gold, we don’t have, but what we have, we give unto you! In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And having held the lame man by his right hand, Peter lifted him up. And instantly, the lame man’s feet and ankle bones received strength. And leaping up, he stood and walked miraculously. Then, together with Peter and John, the man entered the temple. And all the people inside the temple saw the man holding to Peter and John, walking and leaping and praising God. And they were all amazed/awestruck /surprised, greatly wondering how the lame man got healed. Then Peter told the people, “You men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you intently look on us, as though by our own power and holiness, we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified/honored His Son Jesus, whom you have rejected in the presence of Pilate, when he was about to let Him go, and instead have desired the murderer Barabbas to be released unto you. And you murdered the Prince of life, whom God raised up from the dead, whereof we are witnesses. And His Name, by/through faith in His Name, this lame man was healed and made strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith that is by/through Jesus, hath rendered this man perfectly cured.”
> Take note that the faith of the Son of God or God the Son ( the Lord Jesus Christ ), is the faith that is of Jesus’ own doing, and not ours. We just exercise or put into practice, the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, in our lives ( Philippians 2:13 ). Thus, we can only brag of the Lord Jesus’ doing in our lives, not ours. All glory and honor, and fame, belong to Jesus.
- Peter raised Tabitha from the dead– ( Acts 9:36-42 ); On another occasion, the Apostle Peter had just gone to Lydda to minister to the saints there. There, he found a certain man named Aeneas who is bedridden for 8 years, sick of the palsy/paralysis. So, Peter declared to Aeneas that Jesus makes him whole, and commanded him to rise up, and instantly, Aeneas was healed, and rose up. Because of this miracle, many of the people in the place believed in the Lord Jesus. At about the same time, in another place contiguous/adjacent/nearby, called Joppa, a certain disciple named Tabitha ( which by interpretation is called Dorcas ), had just died. This woman had many philanthropic/altruistic/humanitarian efforts, manifesting much good works and almsdeeds before the people, while she was yet alive. The believers of the Lord Jesus in the place washed her body, and placed it in an upper room, and for as much as Lydda is nigh/nearby Joppa, the disciples at Joppa sent for Peter at Lydda, and asked him to come quickly to them. As Peter arrived to Joppa, he was brought to Tabitha’s cadaver/corpse, where he saw much people crying. Having set them all aside, he then knelt down and prayed for Tabitha. Subsequently, he commanded Tabitha to rise up, and her dead body ca“Not I, but Christ lives in me!”me to life. Because of this miracle, many more people believed in the Lord Jesus.
- Paul raised Eutychus from the dead– ( Acts 20:7-12 ); The Apostle Paul and his companion(s), had just gone from Philippi, and then, went to Troas, where they tarried/stayed/lingered/remained for 7 days. On the 1st day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread or have the communion, Paul preached to them until midnight, for he intends to depart, the following day. They were then all gathered in an upper room, being the 3rdfloor. And as Paul continued to preach long enough, a certain young man named Eutychus, sitting by the window, fell asleep. He then, subsequently fell, down to the ground, and was taken up dead. But Paul went down, and intently dropped, on the dead body of Eutychus, embracing him. Consequently, the dead body of Eutychus revived and/or came to life. And the believers were greatly comforted.
> Romans 4:17 portrays/depicts/describes Jesus ( John 8:53,56-59; 10:30-33; 5:18 ) as the God who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that be not, as though they were2. True enough, we serve the “Shaddai” and/or the “Pantokrator” and/or the Almighty and/or the All- powerful and/or the Omnipotent as well as the “Pansophical” and/or the All- wise and/or the All- knowing and/or the Omniscient God ( I Corinthians 1:24 ).
> The Apostle Paul had to declare in I Corinthians 2:16B, …“we have the mind of Christ!” The wisdom that is at work in all of us, who have affixed/fastened ourselves ( meaning, our lives and entire beings and all ) to Jesus, is the mind/mentality/intellect of Jesus, the Christ!!!
> When Jesus lives in us, it is no longer we, who live, but Jesus, who directly indwells us.
> Psalm 37:23 accounts, “The steps of a good man, are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.”
> King Solomon ( King David’s son ), had been saying in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust/hope in the Lord, with all thine heart, and lean/rely/rest not in thine own understanding/ comprehension. In all thy ways/goings/doings, acknowledge/recognize/honor/glorify Him, and He shall direct thy paths/footsteps.
> Moses had to write in Deuteronomy 13:4, “Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him, and cleave/adhere unto Him.”
> The Apostle Paul had to account in Colossians 2:6, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.”
> “When Christ lives in you”:
- You need not be hopeless, for Jesus is your Hope ( Lamentations 3:24; Jeremiah 17:7 ).
- You need not be dishonored, for Jesus is your Honor ( Psalm 62:7A ).
- You need not be disheartened or dismayed, for Jesus is your Inspiration ( Philippians 1:6; 2:13; Hebrews 12:2A ).
> Again, “Not I, but Christ lives in me!!!”
> We are always on the winning side, when we belong to Jesus! Jesus is our victory!!!
> Lord Jesus, today, we thank You for Your unfailing mercy, and Your undying love. You are God, in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath. You own all of creation. You prevail over all the earth. You have absolute control of everything in this world. And still, You allow everybody to exercise their free will, to a certain extent. Your incessant, and abundantly/exceedingly overflowing, favor and grace are upon everyone, who loves You with an undying and indissoluble love. You have nothing but the best for Your consistent adherents and devotees/faithfuls. We look up to You today, for You are our hope, You are our honor, and You are our inspiration. You are unbeatable, and You are our victory! Thank You for being our All in all, for in You, we are complete. And therefore, today we declare in faith, Dear Lord Jesus, “we still live, yet not us anymore, for it is You, who already live and prevail, in us.” Be honored, be magnified, and be exalted, in our lives. All these we pray, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!!!
Author: Dr. Edmund Paul Medina
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