The Apostles stood for the one and the same Gospel. There is a modern teaching that Paul gave one gospel and Peter a different version. This is just baseless speculation that goes against what the Apostles themselves wrote. Was Paul justified in his treatment of Peter?
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Paul points us to a radical set of truths.
We were once dead in our sins. Aren’t we made alive in Christ? Why does Paul say that it is not us who live but Christ in us?
Yes! We are alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-7, another letter by Paul), no question.
But it is our Lord and Saviour alive in us through the gift of faith (by God’s grace) that gives us life, and He makes His dwelling in us (the tabernacle)!
So Paul is pointing out that in reality – Our old man, our dead heart, our slave to sin – This is crucified.
It’s important to note that we are still in this body, still living in responsibility under God’s sovereignty. Jesus living in us does not mean He wears us like a suit.
See, Paul again wants us, like he does in Romans, to understand RIGHTEOUSNESS.
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”
The “me” wants to work salvation through the law, some man-given gospel, through actions, through our own machinations.
But when we are alive in Christ then we are both covered by His righteousness and we come to grasp what that means through the sanctification the Holy Spirit works within us, as we read and dwell on His Word (written on our hearts).
Let’s be encouraged and exhorted to continually be returning to the Lord, to His word, hearing His precepts, His laws, His commands and statues, His testimonies, so that we can day by day grow more like Jesus – Him alive in us. Hallelujah!
* Saviour God,
Thank You for Jesus, who lives in us – Your people!
Thank You for calling us, before we were born!
Thank You Lord God for the free gift of faith, that You are so full of grace as to bring life into dead hearts who live in rejection of and enmity with You.
Thank You Lord!