Wednesday

22 August 2012

Galatians 2:11-21

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (vv. 19, 20)


Background

The first section of today's passage is Paul arguing with Peter. The argument centres around identity, and this leads into Paul's plea to the Galatians around the same theme.

The message Paul wants to get across is summed up in verses 19-20: "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Paul argues that, as Christians, our identity lies in Christ. For us to find that identity, we have to be "crucified with Christ". We have to give up everything, and surrender ourselves to God and to what God's will is for us.

A famous part of the Easter story is Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46). Jesus takes his disciples along to keep watch and goes off a little further to pray on his own. Clearly Jesus is troubled by what is to come, who wouldn't be at the thought of crucifixion! But, despite that, he says those famous words; "Yet not what I want, but what you want" (Matthew 26:39).

An important part of discipleship is finding our identity. And to find our identity in Christ we must use those famous words: "Yet not what I want, but what you want".


To ponder:

  • Are there times where you've felt like Jesus in Gethsemane? Do you react the same way? Why?
  • What defines your identity?

Bible notes author

Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor is the 2011/2012 Youth President for the Methodist Church. Sam lives in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire and has been a One Programme Participant (OPP) in a youth project linked to the church, Infuse Youth Cafe.