“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NASB)
When the Apostle Paul wrote these words of testimony in his letter to the faithful believers and Christ followers in the city of Colossae, he was teaching them and us what our faith in Jesus means. Believing and accepting what Jesus Christ did when he died on the cross and rose from the grave means that Christ's sacrificial action was on our behalf and is there for counted to us as well. Christ's crucifixion has effectively become ours and therefore we do not face that death because Christ faced it for us and credited it to our account. We too have been crucified with Christ – this is a promise we can cling to. So now just as that was by faith in Christ, we now live in our mortal bodies by faith because Christ is living in us. All these promises are true and have become real because Jesus, the Son of God sacrificed Himself for each of us who believe and receive the gift of eternal life.
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