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Crucified With Christ

 Today I want to explore a key text as we explore self denial: Galatians 2.20. Before we get there, we’ll reacquaint ourselves with the background leading up to this very well known passage. Then, we’ll discuss how Galatians 2.20 really serves as the summary statement of what it means to be a Christian.

The Background: Paul’s Rebuke of Peter

  1. Our main text today, Galatians 2.20, actually occurs in the midst of Paul’s defense of his apostleship. That is what the first two chapters are all about.
  2. 2.11-21 - Paul confronts Peter, who would have been considered the leading apostle at the time, but has been acting hypocritically.
    1. 2.12a - Certain men from the circumcision party arrived - and Peter withdrew.
      1. 2.13 - People followed his lead.
      2. 2.14 - Paul confronts Peter in front of everyone.

Galatians 2.15-21 - Paul’s Defense of the Gospel

  1. What is in this section is a statement about the doctrine of justification by faith.
    1. “Justified” used in 2.16, 17, 21. Justification is the opposite of condemnation. 
    2. 2.15 - We refers to Paul, Peter, and all Jewish Christians.
  2. 2.16 - Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ…All the law produced was condemnation.
  3. 2.17 - If Judiazers were correct that believers have to keep the law of Moses to be saved, then Peter, Barnabas, and others had become sinners again by eating with Gentiles. 2.17b - If that is the case - Jesus became a servant of sin.
  4. 2.18 - Now Paul uses himself as a hypothetical example.
  5. 2.19 - Paul could never go back to a system of rituals and ordinances.
    1. 19b - Dying to law didn’t mean he lived a disobedient life. He had a new master: I live to God.

Galatians 2.20 - What It Means to be a Christian

  1. 2.20a - When did Paul crucify himself? See Romans 6.4-6. The result?
  2. 2.20b - It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Union with Christ.
  3. 2.20c - And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,…
  4. 2.20d - Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Three Short Applications for Today

  1. Personal Trust.
  2. Unity with Jesus.
  3. Thankfulness.

Conclusion:

  1. By who or what do you identify yourself? Allow Galatians 2.20 to define who you are in Christ. 
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