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Crucified with Christ

April 7, 2017

As we move forward in the days leading up to Palm Sunday and the last week of Jesus Christ’s life on Earth, our thoughts are turning toward the crucifixion of the Savior and his ultimate resurrection. Revised and re-posted below is the following blog entry based on the Verse of the Day for April 7, 2017:

Galatians 2:20 (NLT):

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:

I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

According to Logos Bible Software, Paul states “I have been crucified with Christ,” literally meaning, “I am dead.”

Philippians 1:21 in the Amplified Bible also makes known this truth:

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

Note what Philippians 3:10 has to say about the matter:

10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];

In reflecting upon these three verses, this poem comes to mind:

I Am Dead

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves
to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:11 (NKJV):

I am dead: I died to my flesh and carnal lusts.
I am unmoved: the dead do not know anything.
Blessed assurance is mine, as a man who trusts
That each day I die I grow immune to death’s sting.
I am dead: I died to desires before my eyes.
The world and its trappings no longer allure me,
For it is appointed unto man once to die.
Opened eyes, once closed in death, no longer see.
I am dead: I died, even to the pride of life.
It does not matter what others may think or say.
I learn to rise above conflict, envy, and strife.
Though dead I abide in Christ, the new and living way.
As with Christ, death precedes any resurrection,
So the path I choose: True North, my new direction.

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

17 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).

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

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Another paradox: Gaining and losing

June 28, 2016

Matthew 16--25

The Verse of the Day for June 27, 2016 comes from Matthew 16:25 (AMP):

For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity].

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Matthew 16:25

25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Jesus Christ also point out the paradox of gaining and losing in a similar context in Matthew 10:38-39 (AMP):

38 And he who does not take his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] is not worthy of Me.

39 Whoever finds his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], and whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity].

Christ contrasts life which is temporal vs. life eternal. If a follower of Christ focuses time, energy, and effort only on “the things of this world,” that is only on temporal matters, seeking to gain life, eventually that individual will lose that which he or she sought so desperately to gain. On the other hand, if a follower of Christ is willing to “lose his or her life” in an earthly, temporal context, that individual will gain eternal life far beyond the timespan of life on this Earth.

Philippians 3:7-8 also speaks of gain and loss:

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Paul expresses a similar duality in terms of gaining and losing in Philippians 1:21(AMP):

[To Live Is Christ] For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].

To sum up the discussion, Sidewalk Prophets provide this musical offering: “To Live is Christ”:

Galatians 2:20: I am dead

April 7, 2016

Galatians-220

Revised and re-posted below is the following blog entry from a year ago:

The Verse of the Day for April 7, 2016 is found in Galatians 2:20:

The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:

I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

According to Logos Bible Software, Paul states, “I have been crucified with Christ,” literally meaning, “I am dead.” Philippians 1:21 in the Amplified Bible also makes known this truth:

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

Note what Philippians 3:10 (AMP) has to say about the matter:

10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];

In reflecting upon these three verses, this poem comes to mind:

I Am Dead

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves
to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:11 NKJV

I am dead: I died to my flesh and carnal lusts.
I am unmoved: the dead do not know anything.
Blessed assurance is mine, as a man who trusts
That each day I die I grow immune to death’s sting.
I am dead: I died to desires before my eyes.
The world and its trappings no longer allure me,
For it is appointed unto man once to die.
Opened eyes, once closed in death, no longer see.
I am dead: I died, even to the pride of life.
It does not matter what others may think or say.
I learn to rise above conflict, envy and strife.
Though dead I abide in Christ, the new and living way.
As with Christ, death precedes any resurrection,
So the path I choose leads north, my new direction.

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

17 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).

In closing, the message of the Verse of the Day is powerfully reinforced in this stirring rendition of the song  by Phillips, Craig and Dean, “I am crucified with Christ”:

I am crucified with Christ

April 7, 2015

Galatians-220

The Verse of the Day for April 7, 2015 is found in Galatians 2:20:

The New Living Translation renders the verse this way:

20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Philippians 1:21 in the Amplified Bible also makes known this truth:

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

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

 17that 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).

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

Crucified with Christ

April 7, 2014

Galatians-220
The Verse of the Day for April 7, 2014 is found in Galatians 2:20:

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

The New Living Translation renders the verse this way:

My old self has been crucified with Christ. [a] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Philippians 1:21 in the Amplified Bible also makes known this truth:

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

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

17that 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).

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

Another reminder: To live is Christ

August 18, 2013

Philippians_1-21

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.