Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Crucified with Christ!"

“Crucified with Christ!”


I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”          Galatians 2:20-21


When a person comes to Christ Jesus, with a TRULY REPENTANT HEART, they are willing to be crucified with Him and their old, wretched, sinful life dies, and a NEW life begins. 


Christ lives in them by the presence of His Holy Spirit, which indwells them.  And they begin to live by FAITH in the Son of the Living God, who gave Himself, through death on an old, rugged cross, and took the old, wretched, sinful self off the throne of their heart, and Christ, through the presence of His Holy Spirit, is NOW on that throne. 


The Apostle Paul says that he does NOT set aside the grace of God, because if RIGHTEOUSNESS could be obtained by obeying the law or by just doing good works then the death of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, on an old, rugged, cross would be in vain.  In other words, Jesus Christ would have died for NOTHING.  But in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he says:  “For it is by GRACE you have been SAVED, through FAITH---and this is NOT from yourselves, it is the gift of God---NOT by works, so that no one can boast.”  (Eph. 2:8-9).   Mankind can NOT be saved by their own devices.  First, they MUST be drawn by the Holy Spirit of God, and when the Spirit draws them, they should, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, seek FORGIVENESS, and be WILLING to die to their old sinful life, which is, being “crucified with Christ,” and be ready to begin a NEW life, through FAITH, in the Son of God.  The great thing about that is the Holy Spirit immediately takes up residence in the TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and gives them what they need to obtain RIGHTEOUSNESS. 


Have you come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, WILLING to be crucified with Christ Jesus, dying to self and living in Him?  If NOT, you are facing an eternity in Hell, the place of torment, torture, pain, misery, and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But you NOW have the opportunity to change your direction.  Come to God with a TRULY REPENTANT HEART and CONFESS your sins to Him, asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be crucified with Christ and raised to a NEW life in Him through the Holy Spirit.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


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