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Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2:20


I. I have been crucified (divine passive) 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

1. Verse 20 is a climax of Paul’s rhetoric against his detractors
2. Paul’s detractors had imposed “add-ons” to Christian faith
3. These “add-ons” placed “human-self” at the center and became their driving force
4. These driving forces invariably lead believers to legalism, which is contrary to the Gospel (cf. 1:7)

II. What does Paul say in verse 20? (Highlight of the contrasts)

1. Death (figurative) of the past

(a) Death happened when Paul responded positively to God’s plan of salvation—justification by faith in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection

(b) This is Paul’s salvation experience, through which he is now able to relate to God through Jesus without the futile religious practices

(c) All need to hear and respond personally

2. Life, not Paul’s but Christ’s

(a) Paul was going through a continuous transformation based on the life and work of Jesus Christ

(b) Though he continues to live in the same body, the operating principle is Jesus Christ who loved him and sacrificed His life for him (verse 20)

(c) Life is not happening because death has not taken place yet

III. How will it look to die and live at the same time?

1. No slave mindset

(a) Obligation
(b) Legalism (trying to relate God through “dos” and don’ts”
(c) Discrimination based on caste, color, and religion

2. Child-mindset

(a) Freedom
(b) The Spirit led (looking to enjoy filial relationship)
(c) Behaves like the Son, i.e., Jesus

IV. Take Away

Be motivated and guided by the sacrificial love of Jesus

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