I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which 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
The first step toward understanding the narrow path that we’re called to walk is understanding Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. In the 20th verse we read that there should be Christ-centered living. Our Savior lives in us and we live by faith in Him because he loved us and gave His life for us.
Paul emphasizes how life with Christ is so much better than life under the law. The law could not make men righteous before God, yet in Christ they were made righteous. By dying to self and embracing Christ, clinging to Him rather than cold, empty law… they were able to rise to a new spiritual life as they fixed their eyes upon the cross of Christ.
The “old man” – dies to self and the old sin nature – and is given a life of close and intimate communion with God through Christ Jesus. Faith in self turns to faith in Him, His way, His peace and His love. We rely fully on Him for pardon, righteousness, joy, comfort, every supply of grace, and eternal salvation.
In Paul, the old law lost its power and ceased to influence him. That means that he declared himself divorced from such things as the LOVE of money, the PRIDE of life and the DOMINION of hateful and evil passions. These things that are so meaningful in the world around us, ceased to influence him – and were also crucified with Christ.
While we still live in these bodies of flesh, our spirits are renewed and recharged daily by the Lord. We’re not given a pass from sufferings, grief or loss in life – but we know that our Lord is there to help us through them. 🙂