Sermon 11/18/2019

Re-Examining Galatians 2:20

“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.”

Quick Background of Galatians

  • The Apostle Paul wrote this book to the Galatian church during the persecution of the church by the Secs of Jews.
  • Paul wrote this book to condemn the actions of the Christians who came out of Judaism who were encouraged to force circumcision and other Jewish traditions of the Law of Moses upon Non-Jews who had become Christians. They were afraid of being persecuted, so they would tell the Jews that they converted the Gentiles to Jewish ways.

Message of Galatians

  • Paul’s message was simply to stop distorting the Gospel of Christ. They were told by Paul to allow Christ to live in their lives and to allow the Holy Spirit, which is the mark of a follower of Christ, to demonstrate through their lives His fruit. (Gal. 5:22-23)
  • This is where Paul’s statement in Galatians 2:20 comes into play revealing to the Galatian church what it really means to be in Christ.

The Passage Re-Examined

  • “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live…” What Paul is referring to is their baptism into Christ and based upon their decision and action they were to crucify their old identity; the were no longer to look at themselves as Jews or Gentiles but rather a new creation in Christ. (Galatians 3:27-28)
  • “…but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God…”  How are we to live now?  Since our identity is no longer based upon our geography or culture but our new identity is Christ, we then must live out through our physical bodies our Faith in our new identity. We are now all sons & daughters of God through Christ and heirs to the same promises that was given to Abraham. (Galatians 3:29)
  • “…who loved me and gave himself for me.” Jesus, being the perfect sacrificed, loved us so much that He came to earth to live as a man and die a horrific death and was raised from the dead in order for us to be pleasing to God and have eternal life with Him.

Who Represents You?

  • If you were to be brought in front of the highest courts of the land to answer for a crime you committed or to prove your innocents, who would you want as your representation?
  • Right now, Jesus can be our lawyer; our representation. We know one day that we all will have to stand before Him as our Judge, but if you find yourself in Christ, His blood will defend you.
  • It is sad to see people not ready for the judgment day by not being drenched in the blood of Christ through baptism, but it’s even sadder when people who have put on Christ live lives demonstrating that they rather be represented by someone else.

Who Do You Represent?

  • Everyone wants Christ to represent them on Judgement Day so that they don’t receive an eternal existence away from God; but the question is will we represent Jesus?
  • You cannot say you represent Jesus and curse & speak evil of your neighbor or enemy. You cannot represent Jesus and live an kind of lifestyle you want to live.  You cannot represent Jesus and put your faith and hope in His creations.
  • When one represents Jesus, they represent love, joy peace, patients, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness & self-control; the Fruits of the Spirit.

Conclusion

  • When we truly live out what Paul says in Galatians 2:20, we identify with Jesus. He becomes our representative for the day of Judgement & we become His representatives on earth. (Acts 1:8)

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