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Galatians 6:14b : The Dual Crucifixion

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INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

 

In this devotional we will be looking at the glorious message found in Gals 6:14-15…

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.   For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”  (Galatians 6:14-15 KJV)

 

Our devotionals will be looking at:

  1. Glorying In The Cross (Gal 6:14a)
  2. The Dual Crucifixion (Gal 6:14b)
  3. Circumcision To No Avail (Gal 6:15a)
  4. A New Creature (Gal 6:15b)

 

In each of these devotionals our prevailing topic will be the sufficiency of Christ and the insufficiency of man to bring about the transformation of an individual’s life.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Galatians 6:14b   “by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

Please keep in mind, the main theme of this section of Scripture involves answering the question, who is to be given the credit for a life that has been transformed from guilt and the slavery of sin, to forgiveness and service to Christ.

 

One aspect of the transformation that takes place at salvation involves our relationship to the world… 

by whom the world is crucified unto me,

This aspect of our transformation in Christ involves us living a new life of service to Christ… 

When Christ graciously intervenes into our lives and grants us salvation, the world is “crucified unto” us.   In other words, at salvation the sinful appeals of this world no longer have the same appeal and control over us, we are no longer enslaved by them. Although they still exist, their power over us has been done away.

In that sense they are put to death (“crucified”).  Much like a master that dies no longer controls his slaves.  With the death of the master the slave is released from their bondage allowing them to serve another. 

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.   Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”   (Romans 6:11-14) 

“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”   (Romans 6:22)

 

and I unto the world.”

This aspect of our transformation in Christ involves us dying to the dominance of this world’s influences…

As we have seen at our salvation, our relationship to the world is like a slave whose Master has died, leaving him free to serve another.    Likewise, at salvation, it is as if we are looked upon as dead to the influences of this world.

These sinful influences of this world speak of the areas of this world that appeal to our sinful natures.   They are described in 1 John 2:15-17 as “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”.   All three were at work when Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:6)…

 

The Appeal Of The World Description The Garden Temptation
“The lust of the flesh” That which appeals to desires linked to our physical bodies “the tree was good for food”
“The lust of the eyes” That which appeals to our physical eyesight “it was pleasant to the eyes”
“The pride of life” That which appeals to man’s feelings of superiority or self sufficiency “desired to make one wise”

 

These temptations resulted in Eve’s sin which led to Adam’s sin and the fall of all mankind.

Once saved, we are now dead to these sinful influences.  It is like a slave who has died and is no longer controlled by his master’s commands.

 

Summary Of Our Study

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?   God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2)

Please note that based upon this passage, Paul makes it plain that although the Christian is now “dead to sin” it is still possible for the Christian to continue in it.  Just because sin no longer controls us and dominates us, it still exists and can be willingly submitted to by the Christian.

Although the Christian is “dead” to sin’s dominance and control, he can still willingly choose to obey his former master.  Paul says that although it is possible for the Christian to choose to sin, God forbids it.… “God forbid.  How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”   

If we are no longer under sins bondage and control, why would we now willing choose to sin? After all Christ has done for us by delivering us from sin’s bondage, why would we ever now choose to obey sin?  Sadly, this is the choice each and every one of us make every day.  No Christian lives a perfect life following salvation, all of us from time to time choose to submit to our former master.  How sad.   How important Paul’s warning is for each one of us!

May we all remember that we are dead to the dominance of sin and now living new lives for Christ.  However, it is still possible for us to willingly choose to obey our old master, sin.  As those who are given a transformed life in Christ, may we not choose to sin and disobey the One who has done so much for us.

 

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7 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow this is a good study. I love how Paul used the crucifixion motif to press the point that we died to sin! And also how the world’s influenced “died” through the work of Christ!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I agree it seems to be a bit paradoxical, but really it makes perfect sense when we understand the basic ideas behind his descriptive phrasing. Lord bless.

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