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Galatians 2:19–20

Galatians 2:19–20

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Sermon: Living for God: Correct Objective of Believers

Bible Passage: Galatians 2:19–20

I. I died

II. I have been crucified with Christ

1. Paul uses this figure of speech to express his conversion experience

2. Remaining “crucified with Christ” has become his settled way of life—not just when he became a believer but continuous participation in it

3. Crucified/death—an end to the life lived this far

III. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me

1. How could Paul say, “I no longer live” when he is still alive?

2. He meant that self is dethroned

3. The expression “Christ lives in me” conveys the idea that Christ sets his [Paul’s] agenda, goal, etc.

4. The expression “Christ lives in me” conveys the idea that Christ sets his [Paul’s] agenda, goal, etc.

5. He meant that he does not have a separate existence, but his existence is merged in Christ

IV. I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

1. Paul says that while he was still in flesh, his life in Christ has already begun

2. “Faith in Jesus” has become the new influencing and guiding force of his present life

V. I might live for God

VI. Lesson:

1. One’s Christian life is a response to the love exhibited in the death of the Son of God for men

VII. Take Away

1. Be crucified with Jesus

2. Believers in Christ: set your priority right

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org