Galatians Part 2: The Crucified Life
Galatians 1:6-7 (NIV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel [works]—which is really no gospel at all.
- Gospel of Grace = Freedom = Savior = I want to
- Gospel of Works = Bondage = System = I have to
Galatians 2:16, 19 (MSG) We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good… What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man.
It’s so easy to switch back and forth between the two gospels. We start out in grace, but we end up in works.
Question: How do we keep from going back?
Galatians 2:20 (NIV) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Answer: I have to die.
To live life to the full something first must die. Dead men don’t get offended.
Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV) “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
LIVING THE CRUCIFIED LIFE
Galatians shows us 3 main areas we need to learn to crucify.
Galatians 2:20 (NLT) My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I [ego – self-importance] who live, but Christ lives in me.
1. Crucify self.
Others before self. The more selfish I am the easier it is for me to be offended.
John 3:30 (NLT) He must become greater and greater, and I [ego] must become less and less.
Galatians 5:24 (NIV) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
2. Crucify my flesh.
Flesh is when we take matters into our own hands apart from God.
- Passions: Strong feelings produced by hardship.
- Desires: Cravings, impulses, & lusts. If it feels good do it.
Don’t live by your feelings, live by your faith—choices. Choices lead and feeling follow.
Joshua 24:15 (NIV) . . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
I will learn to say “no” now, so I can have the life I want later.
Galatians 6:14 (NIV) May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
3. Crucify the world.
Create a world filter. I’m not letting that part of the world in my life.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (NIV) Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.