Spirit & Life Devotional
Friday, 8 September 2017
Living By Faith In The Son Of God
“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.” Galatians 2:20 NLT
The King James Version of Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” That phrase, “the faith of the Son of God” is somewhat confusing for a lot of people. And several interpretations have been given to it. It doesn’t mean that we don’t have our own faith; it should actually be “faith in the Son of God”, and that’s what several other translations say.
Apostle Paul was talking about justification. Some were trying to be justified by the law, but he was letting them know that we are justified by faith in Christ. In verse 16 of the same chapter, he said, “Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”
That’s what Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”
That’s what true Christianity is about: it’s reliance on Christ. We do not depend on our own works to make us right in the sight of God, instead, we live every second trusting in Jesus and relying on His finished works for us. We were saved by grace through faith: it was not a one time thing; we continue to believe in Jesus all the days of our lives to enjoy His grace – all that He died to make available for us. Hallelujah!