Finding Christ Relevant to Every Area of Life

Transformation by Truth

CONSIDER

Living in the truth is the process of divine transformation where God changes me. The permeation of God’s truth in my life alters all aspects of my being—what I believe, how I think, what I feel, how I behave, and the choices I make. I am made new.

BIBLE TRUTH

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gal. 2:20 NLT

HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?

Our violating God’s law and usurping His authority required the death penalty. The sinless Son of God died to satisfy the justice of God. Although Christ was the one who was crucified, God views His sacrifice as satisfying His righteous demands on our behalf. Therefore what Christ has done for us, we have done through Him. “My old self has been crucified with Christ.” Christ completed what we were not qualified to do for ourselves. We could not make atonement for our sin. We could only be punished for eternity. What He did, He did for us. Our sins were judged on the cross. Our sinful selves died.

PRAYER

Dearest Lord Jesus, I cannot fully understand but I am very grateful that there is now no condemnation for those who belong to You. And because I belong to You, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed me from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save me because of the weakness of my sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent You in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over me by giving You as a sacrifice for my sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for me, who no longer follows my sinful nature but instead follows the Spirit. . . .

Rom. 8:1–4

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)

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