Principles, not keys, to victory in the Christian life might be a better way to describe what we are studying for the next few days. The truths that I see in Galatians 2:19-21 will help the believer in Jesus understand some aspects of living for Him.
We’ve seen the first key in verse 19 that I must have a proper relationship to the law. The second key that we’ve noticed is that the old me is dead! We read in verse 20- “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live.”
The third key that impacts me here is this: There is a NEW ME who is to live by faith! (v. 20). There was a movement years ago called “the Victorious Christian Life” movement. Some in that movement suggested that Christ now lives His life through us — and we are to be passive channels through whom He lives. There is certainly some truth to that perspective, but understood wrongly (I believe) can lead to static, passive Christians who don’t take responsibility for their lives. This kind of Let Go and Let God mentality runs counter to such challenges as Peter’s when he writes, “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” (2 Pe. 1).
There is a NEW ME who is to strategically and aggressively live out what it means to be a new creature in Christ! This is not sanctification by the flesh (which Paul addresses throughout the book of Galatians), but an active dependence on God the Holy Spirit to help us follow hard after God.
Today’s challenge: Are you ready to count your NEW SELF ALIVE today? What additives do you need to focus on in your life in obedience to Peter’s challenge in 2 Peter 1? (to be continued)