Join in Paul’s discovery of just what was that “new creation” he had become.
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
Not I But Christ
This is Part 3 in our series, Not I But Christ. Click Here for Part 1 and here for Part 2. Today we continue looking at the apostle Paul as he struggles to understand the gospel that had been entrusted to him. With another option made available (besides the flesh), Paul now had two choices. He could live in the flesh where indwelling sin had made its home, or he could live in the Spirit, allowing the risen Christ to live His life through him. What a revelation! What joy! Then, as before, a further conundrum arose for Paul. Was Jesus there to help him? No, that didn’t seem right, for God had shown Paul what a miserable wretch he (and the entire human race) really was (Rom. 3:10-18). From what he learned about himself, he knew he was beyond help or hope. He needed a do-over. He had to die and be replaced with something better, much better.
Crucified with Christ
All that was needed for him (and us) to lead a life pleasing to God would come simply by walking in the Spirit. No more rules to follow or lists of tasks to check off. God had made it so simple! Finally realizing that he had nothing to offer, Paul gladly accepted everything God had already done for Him. Paul had been made complete because the Perfect One (with His perfect righteousness) had become his new life! He was free at last!
Paul Struggles with the Law
He also saw that indwelling sin had actually served a purpose. It killed off all his hopes in himself-his “flesh.” He saw the absolute necessity of continually walking in the Spirit. He and Christ had been made one. He would never again think of himself apart from Christ. Paul’s Lord had become his life. The only agenda in Paul’s life was that of his Master, Jesus. This is why it didn’t matter what happened to him as long as Jesus was having His way in and through him. With Christ as his life, Paul could rest in the certainty that God had completely transformed him.
of his old self (2 Cor. 5:17).
He Had It All
He had already been blessed with every spiritual blessing heaven had to offer (Eph. 1:3). He had been given everything he would ever need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). He had been made complete, lacking nothing (Col. 3:10). His old life and sin itself were no longer his masters. The righteousness of Christ had been accounted to Paul (2 Cor. 5:21). He received it all up front. This is why Paul was able to accomplish so much. He knew how unworthy he was to have been given so much. How could he not give his all for his Master? Yet, Paul knew that he couldn’t keep this to himself. He had been entrusted to share what he had experienced firsthand with the Gentiles (and any Jew who would listen). This was a unique message assigned to him by God. It would be known as Paul’s gospel (Rom. 2:16, 16:25; 2 Tim. 2:8). Paul’s calling was to make the truth that had set him free available to anyone who would place his or her faith in Jesus (Rom. 3:21-26).
What It Looks Like
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
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