Another reminder: To live is Christ

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The Verse of the Day for August 18, 2013 is taken from Philippians 1:21 in the King James Version, but I prefer reading the verse in the Amplified Bible:

For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity].

As I read the verse, I also acknowledge that “. . . in him we live, and move, and have our being.” I am further reminded that of the truth revealed in Galatians 2:20:

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ 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.

This message is powerfully reinforced in this stirring rendition of the song based on this verse by Phillips, Craig and Dean, “I am Crucified with Christ”:

Sometimes it is difficult to grasp fully the reality that God in Christ lives in me, as is so magnificently expressed in Colossians 1:27 where the essence of the revelation of the mystery of the “One Body of Christ” is made known to the Paul:

 To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.

That verse was, in part, the inspiration for the song: “Christ in You, Christ in Me” that was also included in an earlier blog entry this year:

Christ in You, Christ in Me

   Colossians 1:27

Even before the world began,

God put together His master plan,

Calling Jews and Gentiles into one body,

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

Enlighten my eyes, help me to see

All that you have called me to be.

Share with me the secrets that you have for me,

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in me, the hope of glory

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory.

 

Put on God’s Word, renew your mind.

Seek Him with your whole heart, and you will find

He’ll open your eyes; He’ll let you see

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

I’m no longer bound; I’ve been set free.

I once was so blind, but now I see.

I’m walking into my destiny:

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in me, the hope of glory

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me the hope of glory.

 

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory.

CampaignKerusso offers another musical composition based on the same scripture from Colossians 1:27:

The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead resides in every born-again believer. We have the privilege of demonstrating that power, as we apply the principles of the Word of God whereby we manifest all that God desires for us:

 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Ephesians 3:17-20).

May the Verse of the Day establish a solid foundation upon which to build each day, as the week unfolds before us.

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