I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
What does it mean to be crucified in the flesh? Why did Paul say he was crucified with Christ when he never went up on a cross?
Paul is not your average Christian. He knew the full depth of the Christian walk was to die on the cross so it is no longer he who lived but Christ who lived within him. It is not a physical cross Paul sought out, and why would it be? It's the spiritual cross that interested him so much as he knew that was the only way to have perfect union with Christ Jesus.
We are to be one with Jesus, to be perfect in our relationship with Him as He is perfect in His relationship with His Father.
How can this be accomplished? By asking Jesus to put you up on the spiritual cross so you may die to yourself, so it is no longer you who lives but Jesus who lives within you. Be warned though, you must want this with all of your being, there can be no doubt as this is the crucifixion of the fallen self nature and it is this self which keeps us away from Jesus. The death of the fallen self nature is what it means to be crucified in the flesh.
This is the Christian walk we are supposed to have but no one wants it because it is supremely difficult and exceedingly painful. Remember, Paul said "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." The death of self on the cross is beneficial to us, it is a great gain and not a loss. Yet so many Christians view the giving away of their lives as a great loss and one to be avoided at immense cost to the detriment of their own well being.
What stands in the way of this beneficial death? Everything!
Jesus said we can have none before Him; not our spouses or our kids or our parents or even our own selves. All must fall before Him and He must be first before all. This is the basic Christian walk, Jesus is first and we are last. He is the Master and we are His servants. The servant must be like his Master and dying to your self on the cross is the singular way to accomplish this task.
Jesus lived His life as an example and He truly expects us to follow His example. He lived in a flesh body and in turn died on the cross and three days later rose in a spiritual body. We are born dead, come alive when we give our lives to Jesus, next we must die on the cross so we can be resurrected as spiritual beings. Our lives should mimic His life perfectly.
If we want to be raised into that perfect spiritual body, we have to hand over these flesh bodies. It's a give and receive relationship; we give our lives, every bit, holding nothing back and Jesus, in return, gives us eternal life which we gladly receive with much joy.
The one thing we cannot do at this late hour is hold back. There is no rapture coming to save us from the hell which is to soon come. We have a choice between the two types of death: we can die on the cross and have that perfect union with Christ Jesus or we will die the physical death as Satan rises to power.
Jesus is calling His children to the deeper, spirit-filled life. Who will answer His call at this very late hour?
2-25-14 11:41 AM by Digital Hero.