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
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