Experiencing Christ

Living Christ (1)

Phil. 1:21  For to me, to live is Christ …Gal. 2:20  I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

(Part 1 of 3)
In verse 21 Paul goes on to say, “For to me to live is Christ.” The little word “for” at the beginning of this verse is important. It indicates that what is to follow is an explanation of the preceding verse. Christ could be magnified in Paul’s body because Paul lived Christ. In order to magnify Christ, we must live Him. Although the matter of living Christ is of such tremendous importance, not many Christians have paid adequate attention to it. In Paul’s chained body Christ was exalted, extolled, praised, and appreciated because Paul lived Christ.

If we would live Christ, we must take Him as our person and be one person with Him. He and we must be one in a practical way. In Galatians 2:20 Paul declared, “Christ lives in me.” For Paul, this was not a mere doctrine; it was a fact. It should also be real to us that Christ lives in us. It is sad that some Christians do not believe that Christ actually lives in them. Neither do they believe that we can abide in Christ and have Him abide in us. But the Bible tells us definitely that Christ is in us and lives in us. Furthermore, we should abide in Him and allow Him to abide in us.

Paul could say not only that Christ lived in him, but also that to him to live was Christ. On the one hand, Christ lived in Paul; on the other hand, Paul lived Christ. Inwardly Christ was Paul’s life, and outwardly Christ was Paul’s living. Paul and Christ thus had one life and one living. Christ’s life was Paul’s life, and Paul’s living was Christ’s living. The two, Christ and Paul, lived as one. First Corinthians 6:17 refers to such a living. In this verse Paul says that we are one spirit with the Lord. The organic union that has taken place between us and Christ causes us to be so close and intimate with Him that we are even one spirit with Him.

(Continued tomorrow)

Thought Of the Day:
In order to magnify Christ, we must live Him. If we would live Christ, we must take Him as our person and be one person with Him. He and we must be one in a practical way. It should also be real to us that Christ lives in us.

Prayer Confession:

Dear Lord, i thank you for being my life inwardly and my living outwardly. help to continue being one with you in an organic union daily.

Further Scripture Reading:

Php_2:21; 1Co_1:30

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