The life of Paul the Apostle (Not i but Christ) Part two (2)
It all started at the road to Damascus when Paul meat Christ. Had it being that Paul met only a preacher and hard only a sermon, we might not have heard of him again. But Paul met Christ and he heard his voice. An encounter that turn him from darkness into the light, this encounter was a transaction of exchanging life; “LIFE NOT I BUT CHRIST”
(Galatians 2:20) I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
The life of Apostle Paul was an exchange life. He chose not to live himself, but Christ to live in him. He has answered the call of discipleship.
(Mark 8:34) Jesus called the crowd together with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and [a]take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].
We are call by Christ for self-denial. Our self-life had died with him and we can Paul practically accepting by demonstration the call of Christ. There is no sin in Christ and it is not possible to have sin in a man who has choose not live but has allow Christ to live in him. (1John 3:5) You know that He appeared [in visible form as a man] in order to take away sins; and in Him there is [absolutely] no sin [for He has neither the sin nature nor has He committed sin or acts worthy of blame]. The life of Apostle Paul was an exchange life. He did not encounter men, he encounter Christ.
(Romans 6:1-7) What shall we say [to all this]? Should we continue in sin and practice sin as a habit so that [God’s gift of] [a]grace may increase and overflow?
2 Certainly not! How can we, the very ones who died to sin, continue to live in it any longer?
3 Or are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been [b]baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways].
5 For if we have become one with Him [permanently united] in the likeness of His death, we will also certainly be [one with Him and share fully] in the likeness of His resurrection.
6 We know that our old [c]self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross 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 the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin.
Just as it is impossible for a death body to response to pressure of whatever you do to the death body. Even if you bring a naked lady to a death body of womanizer, he cannot response because he is now death, so also it is not possible to crucified the flesh and still live by the flesh. He said how we who died to sin can continue to live in it. it is impossible t be death to sin and still still response to the pressure of sin. we have crucified the old self so that the body of sin might be done away with.
(Romans 6:8-14) Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live [together] with Him, 9 because we know [the self-evident truth] that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]. 11 Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts and passions. 13 Do not go on offering members of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness. But offer yourselves to God [in a decisive act] as those alive [raised] from the dead [to a new life], and your members [all of your abilities—sanctified, set apart] as instruments of righteousness [yielded] to God. 14 For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under Law [as slaves], but under [unmerited] grace [as recipients of God’s favor and mercy].
The goal of pail was that for him to live daily is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:20-21) This should be the goal of all who have answered the call of following Jesus. it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.