Today’s Scrip-Bit 5 September 2016 Galatians 2:20.

Galatians 2:20.    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 (by faith in) the Son of God, who LOVED me, and gave himself for me.

Awright friends, all the summer and Labour Day hoopla finished now! It’s time to return to the common grind and daily task – or however they say it. Time to get back to serious work… Work, you say? Yes! 

And the revolting images of drudgery, of fighting the traffic, of getting children ready and off to school or the baby-sitter explode in our minds! We cringe at the very thought and just want to roll over or crawl back into bed and shut out the world. 

But unfortunately, we can’t afford to do that my people, because life is waiting on us. And sadly, life is such an important entity that it waits for no one! I know that some of us are feeling physically terrible, worse than we do on a normal Monday morning, because we never heeded Granny’s advice and overdid it over the long weekend. (smile) 

But we just have to suck it up and move forward. And the best remedy for anything that ails us is prayer because our words have awesome power. So let’s declare our Tuesday Mantra with all the strength, sincerity and enthusiasm we can muster nuh. 

As one now: ‘I’m not what I do. I’m not what I have. I’m not what people say about me. I am the beloved of God, that’s who I am. No one can take that from me. I don’t have to worry. I don’t have to hurry. I can trust my friend Jesus and share His LOVE with the world.  Amen!’ 

Yes mih brethren, our definition comes from who we are in Jesus Christ, not what the evil world says about us. Glory Hallelujah! There’s nothing better than being a beloved child of God and an intimate friend of Jesus! Wow! 

That means we don’t have to worry about anything the world says about us, we just got to be in it, but not of it, like Jesus desires. Oh I know that’s often difficult to do, but remember with Jesus’ help we can do anything. 

And as we’re at it, I’ll let you into a li’l secret, or as my young daughter used to say as a child, ‘a li’l secrat.’ This comes from my ‘P.S. I LOVE YOU’ Poster. ‘No one is guaranteed happiness. Life just gives us time and space. It’s up to us to fill it with joy and meaning.’ 

Yes friends, it’s all up to us to add joy and meaning to our lives. Nobody else can really do it for us. So please, let’s stop waiting for life, or somebody to bring joy and peace and LOVE into our sphere, because even if they try to do it, it still depends on our being receptive to the idea. 

And we can only be truly receptive to that kind of idea when Jesus Christ is truly a part of our lives; when Christ is in us, and we are in Him. That’s the basic message of the gospel. 

Hence our Bit: ‘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 (by faith in) the Son of God, who LOVED me, and gave himself for me.’ 

Ah mih people, what a blessing and a joy it is to have Christ living in us, leading and guiding us through His Holy Spirit! He LOVED us so much that He offered His sinless life as a sacrifice for our sinful ones. Glory Be! It couldn’t get any better than that mih breddren! And once we receive His saving grace, He lives through us, and we live through faith in Him. Hope that makes sense. (smile)  

Anyway listen to these explanations from the scholars. ‘2:20. To be crucified with Christ means the believer has been freed from the law (v.19), and from the ruling power of sin that was aroused by the law. Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me is interpreted, “And I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Since the believer has been freed from the law and sin, the old sinful life no longer asserts itself as formerly. 

Instead, “Christ liveth in me;” that is Jesus cultivates within the believer (Paul) His own desires, virtues, character, and power, thus morally transforming him and working through him in others. Paul lives his current Christian life by the faith of (in) the Son of God, that is, by depending on Him for strength and all necessities.’ 

Oh friends, what powerful, heartwarming and encouraging statements! Why you ask? Because those same things that were applicable to Bruh Paul once he gave His life to Christ, are also applicable to us today when we give our lives to Christ! Glory Hallelujah my fellow believers in Christ! 

The ole fella’s excited because that is such wonderful news for a world like ours that is now so deeply mired in sin, that half of us don’t even know God, much less have received Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour. But that’s our job, our bounden duty to introduce them to a much better and wiser way of life. 

As Jesus commanded His disciples in the Great Commission: ‘Go ye therefore, and teach (make disciples of) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always(s), even unto the end of the world.’ (Matt.28:19-20) 

That now serves as our commission my people. So please let’s raise the excitement level in our lives because we have such a wonderful Friend and Saviour dwelling in and with us, and let’s go out and share the good news with others, for that’s what Jesus desires of us. Much LOVE!

…oh what joy it is…when Jesus comes to live in us…and we in Him…

 

 

 

 

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