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January 2018 | Volume 38, Number 5
Brian R. Kenyon, Editor
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Do You Understand The Biblical View of The Home? A Lectureship Book Worthy of Its Place!
January 2018, Volume 38, Number 5 - Brian Kenyon

The sentiments in the popular devotional song, “I Am Mine No More,” were recorded in Scripture long before R. E. VanDyke and Danny Gregg arranged the American folk song in 1996. One such place where the sentiment is found is Galatians 2:20, which itself has become a popular devotional song:

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. (KJV)

This verse is actually in a section of Galatians where Paul was defending his apostleship against the undermining tactics of Judaizers. Although his apostleship was “born out of due time” (1 Cor. 15:8), he was just as legitimate as the original twelve. He did not receive the Gospel from the other apostles (Gal. 2:1-5), yet his Gospel, as he would sometimes call it (Rom. 2:16; 16:25; 2 Tim. 2:8), was the same as that of the “pillar apostles” in Jerusalem (Gal. 2:6-10). Paul even had authority to rebuke the well known apostle Peter (Gal. 2:11-14)! Galatians 2:20 is in the immediate context of Paul’s stating he no longer adhered to the Law of Moses (Gal. 2:15-21). Truly following the Law would bring a person out of Judaism and into Christ (Gal. 2:19 cf. Gal. 3:24-25; Rom. 7:6). Although Paul used the verse to show why he was no longer under Moses, the principles of Galatians 2:20 also serve as a pattern for lives of Godpleasing service. To be Christians like Paul, church members today need to have the same self-denial and determination as these principles expressed in Galatians 2:20.

Crucified with Christ

Crucifixion was a death sentence in the first century. Paul said, spiritually, “I am crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20a). Christians have taken on themselves a sentence of death to the world. Paul said he did not want to boast, except “in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal. 6:14). This crucifixion “unto the world” takes place in baptism. A simple reading of Romans 6 reveals the undeniable connection of baptism and death to the world! The concept is explicit in several verses (cf. Rom. 6:2-13, 16, 21, 23) and tied into the whole. Those who have been baptized “have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Gal. 5:24). Jesus said a self-executed death sentence to the world must be a way of life:

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Mt. 16:24-25)

Are we crucified with Christ?

Living with Christ

Though Paul was crucified, he acknowledged, “nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20b). Being crucified with Christ does not end physical life, but it does end life in the flesh as was formerly known. Again, the Christian has “crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Gal. 5:24)! Those who have been baptized into Christ (i.e., crucified with Him) are new creations, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God” (2 Cor. 5:17-18). As such, the spiritually re-created “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God,” and they set their “affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:1-2). Christians operate by a whole new perspective, as Paul wrote:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom. 12:1-2)

The world is no longer the controlling entity when one has been crucified with Christ and has Christ living in him or her!

Belonging to Christ

Paul was crucified, yet acknowledged that he was still alive, and then admitted, “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” (Gal. 2:20c). Christians no longer belong to themselves. Since they have been purchased by Deity, they are owned by Deity. Paul wrote to the worldly Corinthians:

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

Among other sins, the Corinthians were too comfortable with fornication, even to the point of arrogantly tolerating a man who had “his father’s wife” (1 Cor. 5:1-2). They needed to know how completely inconsistent it was for members of Christ’s body, the church, to be joined to prostitutes (1 Cor. 6:15-18). Paul emphasized one aspect of why it was wrong. It went against God’s will, and God owns those who have been bought with the price of Jesus’ blood! Since Jesus “died for all … they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:15). Since Christians belong to Christ, they must be guided by His will, living to the Spirit not to the flesh (Rom. 8:12-16; Gal. 5:16-24).

Conclusion

Christians belong to God. They have voluntarily died with Christ, chosen to live with Christ, and now belong wholly to Christ. May each member of Christ’s body truly live as “I am mine no more.”

Works Cited

VanDyke, R. E. and Danny Gregg. “I Am Mine No More.” Praise for the Lord. Ed. John Wiegand. Nashville, TN: Mark M. McInteer, 1997. Song 924.