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Galatians 2:20 Manuscript
 
Good Morning.
Let us consider some popular sayings:
 
*“If one does not work, let them not _______?
(eat)” *
            2 Th 3:10
 
*“God helps those who ______ (help themselves)”*
            Aesop’s fables: Scripture says in Dt. 10:17-18
17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.
18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.
*“Money is the root of all evil”  *
What 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
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*“All things work out for the best”*
            maybe a trick quote: depends on your perspective:
RO 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
*“Do unto others before they do unto you.”*
This is a popular twist on the what is known from the Golden Rule from Luke 6:31
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
\\ Why did I go through this exercise?
Too often we fall into worldly thought patterns.
We have been missing the focus of our faith.
Last week, Pastor Norman finished his series on Acts.
He pointed out that if Acts was a novel, it does not have an ending because God is still writing about His church.
The Holy Spirit is still at work, desiring to work through you and me.
This morning, we are going to look at Galatians 2:20.
As you are turning there, let us consider the context of this passage.
This book or letter was not written to a single church, but to a group of churches in Galatia.
Now, there is some debate as to what specifically this refered to.
For there was an ethnic Galatia which was primarily in northern central Asia, while there was a Roman province of that name that was properly in the central and southern part of central Asia.
Now the date of when Paul wrote the letter is related to which Galatia Paul would be writing to.
I won’t go into all the reasons for why this is debatable.
Suffice it to say that Paul wrote this letter as early as 47 AD and as late as 57 AD.
 
Let’s read the passage Galatians 2:20:
*I have been crucified with Christ and *
*I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.*
*The life I live in the body,*
*I live by faith in the Son of God,*
*who loved me and gave Himself for me.*
\\ Before we get into the text proper, we need to understand the context of the passage.
Paul had planted churches in Galatia.
He taught them about Jesus and how through Jesus, they could have a right relationship with their Creator, leading to eternal life.
But at some point later, other believers came who were of the circumcision.
They taught the Galatians that the more proper way of fulfilling their new faith was to become circumcised and to practice the elements of the Law.
This prompted Paul to write this letter.
Paul is clearly angered and is rather forceful in his writing.
Leading up to Galatians 2:20, Paul explains why he is writing this letter, describes the basis of his authority of his apostleship, and briefly describes his relationship to the other apostles.
Paul cites his experience with Peter, who though was the pioneer in reaching the Gentiles, was hypocritical in his behavior when fellow Jews were in his presence among Gentile believers.
Immediately before this passage of Galatians 2:20, Paul states the premise that we are saved by faith alone.
Indeed, look at verses 15 and 16 in chapter 2:
 
*“We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.
So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing, because by observing the law no one will be justified.*
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After Galatians 2:20, Paul continues his discussion by defending the Gospel: the difference between faith and works; that faith should lead to godly living with practical direction for the Galatians to live out their faith in community.
I felt led to share this verse this morning because it expresses so concisely what our faith is about.
Please note that Paul is writing to believers.
The Galatians had already come to Christ.
Now if any one here this morning has not come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
That is, you have never decided that Christ took the punishment you deserved for your sin, that He died in your place, and that you have never invited Jesus into your life, to not only be Savior, but to live as He directs you through His Bible, this message is still for you, for you will hear this morning in more depth what faith in Christ means for you and how to live that life out.
Let me ask a question.
Does anyone know how the FBI and Treasury Department train their people to spot counterfeit currency?
Exactly, they don’t spend time looking at counterfeits.
They study the true currency to the point that looking at a counterfeit, it is easy to spot the lie.
That is why it is important for us to consider this passage this morning.
In preparation, I have been working through Stephen Olford’s book on this passage, entitled “Not I, But Christ.”  - hence I borrowed the title of his book for this message.
He breaks down this passage a little differently than I will this morning.
This morning we will discuss:
            Not I But Christ Crucified
            Not I But Christ Lives
                        Not I But Christ’s Faith
                        Not I But Christ’s Example~/Power
                                    Not I But Christ’s Love
                                    Not I But Christ’s Sacrifice
 
Let’s look at Galatians 2:20:
*“I have been crucified with Christ”*
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At first glance, especially how the verse starts out with the ‘I” and “have” – it seems to be self-focusing – but we quickly see that it is not.
“I have /been” / makes it clear that I am a recipient of the action, which here is crucificixion.
How were we crucified with Christ?
 
"The New Testament clearly teaches that the battleground for all conflict in the Christian life takes place in the area that the Bible calls the 'sinful flesh' (Rom 8:3; Gal.
5:16-21)"..."If we fail to appropriate what it means to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord, then defeat in our Christian life is inevitable.
We do well, then, to discover how we must die to our sinful flesh so that we will be able to affirm, 'Not I, but Christ.'
This death involves three important considerations."
*Sinful Flesh was Condemned* – Ro 8:3-4; 3     For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God /did:/ sending His own Son in  the likeness of sinful flesh and /as an offering/ for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
 
 *Sinful Flesh was Crucified – *Ro 6:4-6  Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5     For if we have become united with /Him/ in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be /in the likeness /of His resurrection,
     6     knowing this, that our old self was  crucified with /Him, /in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
     7     for he who has died is freed from sin.
It is important to note the past tense here.
Jesus died once and for all time.
He does not need to be re-crucified over and over again.
When we accept His act of sacrifice for us, we legally become right before God.
But understand, that it is not just a mental ascension of what Christ did, but entering into a relationship with Christ.
Baptism is that symbol of us identifying with Christ – relationally, we are now with Christ once and for all.
"Perhaps an illustration will help.
*Capt.
Reginald Wallis wrote many books *on the victorious life and made a tremendous impact on my life.
*He tells of an incident during the American Civil War* when men were drawn by lot to join the army.
A man named *Wyatt *was called up to fight for the South.
He was the sole breadwinner for his very large family.
Realizing this hardship, another young man named *Pratt vounteered* to go instead.
He was accepted and drafted to the front, /bearing the name and number of Wyatt./
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