I Am Crucified with Christ
- Identity is the qualities, beliefs, personality traits, appearance, and/or expressions that characterize a person or group.
- “Identities tell us who we are and they announce to others who we are” (Peter Burke).
- Our identities guide behavior and inform how we are “supposed” to act.
- Who Am I? I am Crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20).
I. Jesus Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me.
- A Personal Love (Galatians 2:20)
- An Immeasurable Love (Ephesians 3:17-19)
- An Eternal Love (Jeremiah 31:3; Lamentations 3:22-23, RSV)
- An Unconditional Love (Romans 5:8)
- A Self–Sacrificing Love (John 3:16)
- A Transformative Love (2 Corinthians 5:14)
II. I Have Been Crucified with Christ, and I No Longer Live, but Christ Lives in Me.
- Crucified with Christ – A Permanent Death (Romans 6:1-7)
- I No Longer Live – A Daily Death (Luke 9:23-24; Romans 6:11-13).
- Christ Lives in Me – A New Life/Identity (2 Corinthians 5:14-17).
III. The Life I Live in the Body I Live by Faith in the Son of God.
- The Life I Live in the Body – Sacrifice (2 Corinthians 4:10-11)
- I Live by Faith – Hope (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
- I am Loved, Forgiven, and Called to a New Life.
- As a Christian, who I was in Adam (the Flesh/Humanity 1.0/the old Man/my Former Identity) has been Crucified with Christ; I am Dead. I no longer Live.
- Christ Lives in Me. I Must Constantly Subordinate Myself to the Will of Christ. “Lord, What do You Want?”
My series of messages is entitled, Who Am I? My Identity in Christ. Last week we explored Paul’s identity before and after his conversion to Christ (Philippians 3:1-15). We concluded that identity is not fixed, but it changes throughout life. We demonstrated how factors such as heredity, social groups, personal traits, actions, decisions, and beliefs all affect how we see ourselves and inform how we are “supposed” to act based on that identity. Paul’s identity was revolutionarily changed by his encounter with Jesus. His devotion to Christ led him to put that relationship before every other thing – even those things he at one time had dearly cherished
This week we will approach the subject from a different angle – Paul’s understanding of what happened to him when he gave his life to Christ.
Galatians 2:20 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.
When we were baptized into Christ, we were crucified with him. Our old sinful self (Humanity 1.0, who we were in Adam) died with Christ along with the guilt and penalty for sin. When we rose from the water, we embraced the newness of life he gives (Humanity 2.0). From that point on we consider ourselves dead to the practice of sin and alive to the life Jesus wants us to live. We are given a new identity in Christ!
Come join us! Joey