FOREVER TRIUMPHANT, Day 27—Lenten Devotional
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
One of the great verses of the entire New Testament reminds us that our victory is not due to our own effort, our own goodness, or our own achievements. Instead, when we consider ourselves united to Christ, not for the sake of the blessings, exaltation, or power that He might offer, but for the sake of the Love that sacrificed it all for us, then we enjoy the victory of actually being united to Him!
FJ HUEGEL: Here is where we must clarify matters. When we accept this position of cocrucifixion (simply because God says it is ours, whether we feel it or not), then it is that the Holy Spirit has the needed instrument to make victory the supreme fact of our lives. He does not work independently of Christ; He works through the Cross. As A.B. Simpson used to say, “He is the divine undertaker to take us to our graves.” He will make Roman 6 and Ephesians 2 and Galatians 2:20—that is, the fact of our identification with Christ in death and resurrection—an unshakeable reality in our experience, and we will come into a glorious liberation, a triumphant ascendancy in which victory is ours, not through struggle, but through the participation of Christ. In such an ascendancy (seated with Christ in heavenly places) little things that formerly defeated us are like the waves that beat against Gibraltar and have no more effect than these.
PRAYER: Dear God,
Through your Holy Spirit bring this passage to mind often. Grant me to consider myself united to Christ in His death and resurrection. Make this the cornerstone of my identity. Because Jesus indeed loves me and because You have sent the Holy Spirit into my life to make that love shown on the cross real to me, convince me that I do, in fact, “live by faith in the Son of God”. Amen.