Galatians 2:17-21
17 But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! 18 Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

How have we been crucified with Christ? Legally, God looks at us as if we had died with Christ. Because our sins died with Him, we are no longer condemned (Colossians 2:13-15). Relationally, we have become one with Christ, and His life becomes ours. Our Christian life began when, in unity with Him, we died to our old life (Romans 6:5-11). In our daily life, we must regularly crucify sinful desires that would keep us from following Christ.  This is also dying with Him (Luke 9:23-25).

But the focus of Christianity is not dying but living. Because we have been crucified with Christ, we also have been raised with Him (Romans 6:5). Legally, we have been reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:19) and we are free to grow into Christ’s likeness (Romans 8:29). And in our daily life, we have Christ’s resurrection power to help us to remove and refuse sin (Ephesians 1:19-20).  We no longer are alone, for Christ lives in us, He is our power for living and our hope for the future (Colossians 1:27).

Have a God Day!