One Thing 1/31/12
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and [a]the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Remember, Paul isn’t just taking about his experience in this verse, he is talking about the truth, which is true about every Christian. In Christianity there are actual truths, and experiential truths. What God says is true whether you experience or not. Truth is to be experienced, but there are many truths that aren’t experienced. That doesn’t change there reality. The truth is that Jesus lives in every Christian, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you [a]fail the test”? 2 Cor.13:5. “10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all”; Col.3:10-11. “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Finally, Col.3:4 says Christ is our life. There are so many other places in the New Testament that it makes it gloriously clear that Jesus lives in every believer in all of His fullness. He is in us fully alive sharing the overcoming power of His resurrection with us every second of everyday. That is the actual truth, but sadly it is not the experiential truth of many, many Christians. Just think about it, each and everyone of you reading this, if you are a believer, already at this moment, posses the Risen Christ in all His supernatural power living in you as your very life. The next question is, what about your experience. It could be. It should be. IT IS THE TRUTH, and of course the truth will set you free. More tomorrow. Have a great day in Christ.