Prayer Challenge

I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.

“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said to me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You, God, are Holy. Your word is the truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”

Monday, July 1, 2019

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:20

Paul acquaints us with what his own judgment and practice were. 
  • That he was dead to the law. Whatever account others might make of it for his part, he was dead to it. 
  • He knew that the moral law denounced a curse against all that did not continue in all things written in the law and therefore he was dead to it, as to all hope of justification and salvation that way. 
  • As for the ceremonial law, he also knew that it was now antiquated and superseded by the coming of Christ. He was therefore dead to the law, through the law itself. By considering the law itself, he saw that justification was not to be expected by the works of it (since none could perform a perfect obedience to it) and that there was now no further need of the sacrifices and purifications of it, since they were done away in Christ. 
  • A stop was put to them by Jesus offering up himself a sacrifice for us; and therefore, the more Paul looked into it the more he saw that there was no occasion for keeping up that regard to the law which the Jews pleaded for. 
  • Paul had renounced all hopes of justification by the works of the law, and was unwilling any longer to continue under the bondage of it; but he was far from thinking himself discharged from his duty to God.
  • On the contrary, he was dead to the law, that he might live for God. 
  • The doctrine of the gospel, which he had embraced, instead of weakening the bond of duty upon him, strengthened and confirmed it; and though he was dead to the law, yet it was only in order to his living a new and better life to God.
  •  (as Rom. 7:4, 6), Paul's new life would be more agreeable and acceptable to God than his observance of the Mosaic law.
  • A life of faith in Christ, and, under the influence of Jesus, was a life of holiness and righteousness towards God. 
Paul also acquaints us with
  • That, as he was dead to the law, so he was alive to God through Jesus Christ.
  •  (v. 20): I am crucified with Christ, etc. 
And here Paul gives us an excellent description of the life of a believer.
  • He is crucified, and yet he lives; the old man is crucified (Rom. 6:6), but the new man is living; 
  • he is dead to the world, and dead to the law, and yet alive to God and Christ; 
  • sin is mortified, and grace quickened. 
  • He lives, and yet not he. This is strange: I live, and yet not I; 
  • he lives in the exercise of grace; 
  • he has the comforts and the triumphs of grace; and yet that grace is not from himself, but from another. 
  • Believers see themselves living in a state of dependence.  
  • He is crucified with Christ, and yet Christ lives in him; this results from his mystical union with Christ, by means of which he is interested in the death of Christ, so as by virtue of that to die unto sin; and yet interested in the life of Christ, so as by virtue of that to live unto God. 
  • He lives in the flesh, and yet lives by faith; to outward appearance he lives as other people do, his natural life is supported as others are; yet he has a higher and nobler principle that supports and actuates him, that of faith in Christ, and especially as eyeing the wonders of his love in giving himself for him. 
  • Hence it is that, though he lives in the flesh, yet he does not live after the flesh. 
  • Those who have true faith live by that faith; and the great thing which faith fastens upon is Christ’s loving us and giving himself for us.  
  • The great evidence of Christ’s loving us is his giving himself for us; and this is that which we are chiefly concerned to mix faith with, in order to live for him.
Lastly, The apostle concludes...if righteousness comes by the law, then it must follow that Jesus Christ has died in vain; for, if we look for salvation by the law of Moses, then we render the death of Jesus needless: for to what purpose should he be appointed to die, if we might have been saved without it?
Adapted from Matthew Henry's Complete Exposition of the Entire Bible 

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