In Galatians 2:20 the apostle Paul says:
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.
This scripture supplies us with two very important truths about how faith works. First, it tells us that the way to diligently seek Jesus is to be, crucified with Christ. Secondly, it tells us the result of doing this work is that we live by the faith of the Son of God (Jesus). Therefore, we can conclude that the faith that overcomes the world is the faith that results from being crucified with Christ. I John 5:4 gives weight to this conclusion because it says:
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. (Emphasis supplied)
This lets us know that the only faith that overcomes the world is the faith that is born of God: The only faith that is born of God is the faith of the Son of God and the only way to get the faith of the Son of God is to be crucified with Christ. Now let’s tie this in with what Jesus said in Luke 9:23&24:
And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Emphasis supplied).
When we look at what Jesus said in Luke 9:23&24 and what Paul said in Galatians 2:20 we can see how and why faith works. These two scriptures let us know that faith gives us victory because we have used the measure of faith (see Romans 12:3) to do the work of faith and take up our cross daily. It is this daily work of faith that allows us to say:
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. Galatians 2:20
Therefore, I conclude this series on victorious living with this summary statement:
In order to live the victorious life we must walk by faith (I John 5:4 & Hebrew 10:38) : In order to walk by faith we must do the work of faith daily and diligently seek Jesus (Hebrews 11:6): The way to diligently seek Jesus is to take up our cross daily and lose our lives for Jesus’ sake (Luke 9:23&24): In order to lose our lives for Jesus’ sake we must be crucified with Christ (Jesus) daily (Galatians 2:20): When we are crucified with Jesus daily we live by the life and power of God within us. This is why the apostle Paul said:
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:17&18 (Emphasis supplied).
Next week’s blog will start the new series entitled: Preaching the cross. In this series I will deal with how preaching of the gospel and preaching the cross of Christ is the same and how the gospel and our faith has been made powerless by the erroneous preaching of the cross of Christ.
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