Reflections: This passage of Galatians may be one of the most powerful revelations available to us today as believers. Paul juxtaposes “I” with “Christ” and makes the claim in one sentence that he no longer lives, but it is Christ that lives in him. Confusing, I know, but the truth that is nestled in here is utterly profound. Paul parallels here the central claim of the Christian faith, with that of perfect human flourishing; a conformity to Christ. It’s not human achievement, or intellect or even trust in God. Paul puts himself in the picture of suffering and crucifixion – not as a literal historical event, but as a symbol of his death to the way of the Law. Paul even goes so far as to say if righteousness was gained through the law, then Christ’s death was in vain. This thought may be challenging, but the result is beautiful. Christ has overcome the Law and death, and we in him can rejoice with dancing.
Question: Ask yourself what it might mean for you to be crucified with Christ, what does this new life in Christ look like?
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the work of the cross, the sacrifice you made and the grace you have extended to my life. I ask that you show me what it looks like to live by faith, in response to your grace and sacrifice. I pray I never take this exchange for granted. Amen.