Chambers challenges us as Christians to life a life of Christ through the faith of Christ Himself. He uses the passage that Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ…” to remind us that Paul came to that place in his life that he no longer lived his life on his own. Read the full verse, “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.” Paul has told us that he no longer lives to himself…he has died to the nature of sin, he now lives only in Christ with Christ controlling his life fully; he is dead to self and has been crucified with Christ so how can he live to himself any longer?
Chambers is saying that when we are crucified with Christ He is the one who lives in us; we are at that point dead. We are who we are but the old nature that is influenced by Satan is dead or destroyed. Then and only then can we live in true holiness because we have once for all “live my life by the faith of the Son of God.” The writer says this is not my faith I live by but the faith of Jesus Christ. When one comes to this point, you are living by the faith of the Son of God, not your human faith in Christ’s faith. We are then changed and transformed. Chambers says, “That once I have been identified with Christ in His death and I reach that the moral decision and act on it, all that Christ accomplished for me on the Cross is accomplished in me.”
That is very powerful and needs to be meditated on so that we can begin to understand what Paul was saying in this wonderful and profound scripture, that many of just take for granted.
Bill Rigsby – Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers