Baptized with Christ

September 5 / Daniel Grothe

Baptized with Christ
Daniel Grothe | September 5, 2021

Galatians 2:15-21
15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. 17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. 19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Galatians 2:15-16
15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16  know that a person is not justified by the works of the law

  • We hear “no man will be justified by the Law” and act as if the Law is intrinsically bad.
  • Ex…Lisa and I dating and choosing to stay pure
  • “Grace is not opposed to effort; it is opposed to earning.” Dallas Willard
  • We hear “no man will be justified by the Law” and act as if the Law is intrinsically bad.
  • But the other extreme is trying to make the Law our lord.
  • An obsessive sin-consciousness blurs our awareness of grace.
  • Justification before God is found through our union with Jesus Christ by faith.

Galatians 2:20
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 

  • Ex…Ale—"I want you to keep me under for a long time. I’ve done a lot of bad stuff. I’ll pinch your arm when I’m ready.” 
  • I have been crucified…”
    • The Greek word for “I” is egō
  • “The life I now live…is the life which Christ lives in me.”

Galatians 2:20
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me

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