Life of a Christian Explained (Gal 2:20-21)
The Christian life must be pleasing to God. The One we serve is also the One we worship. Thus, our life as Christians must be lived according to God's truth.
Crucifixion always results in death. Apostle Paul, in saying that he was “crucified with Christ,” (Gal 2:20a) speaks of his spiritual death in Christ. Have you experienced spiritual death? Without this experience, you cannot experience spiritual life. Do you realise your own spiritual deadness? Have you confessed your spiritual deadness before God and your need for Jesus to save you and to give you spiritual life? Every truly born-again Christian can identify with this.
Having been “crucified with Christ,” we can then live in Christ. When we live in Christ, the emphasis is on the testimony of Christ. We must allow Christ to control our lives. Others must see Christ in us as our lives are transformed from one of worldliness to one of holiness; a life that is lived with faith (and thus trust) in God. This faith has to be nurtured through the study of the Word of God. Have our lives been changed from faith in the world to faith in God?
Christ died for us that we can be made righteous in Him. By the grace of God, we are thus saved. (Because of the grace of God, blessings are given to us although we do not deserve them.) If we can attain righteousness by works (by keeping the law), Christ would not need to die on the cross for us, and then salvation will no longer be by the grace of God, and Christ's death would have been in vain.
Having been saved by the grace of God, we must then always do what is right in God’s sight, i.e. we will choose to live our lives in righteousness. This righteousness is defined in God's truth. All we have to do is to obey the Word of God, and trust in God whatever the situation.