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Galatians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

ADVOCATING CHRIST           Page 4

V.20 (Cont'd.)

** The perfect tense is used in the phrase "I have been crucified with Christ..", referring to something that happened in the past with continuing influence in the present. What is the theological importance of that statement?

God sees us and our sin as having been crucified at the same time as His Son. At the moment of our salvation, our old life is placed upon the Cross of Calvary and our sin is paid for in full!
cf. Colossians 2:12-14, 3:3-4

** What impact should that theological truth have in the present, according to Paul's next statement?

"...and it is no longer I who live..."

** If we wish to be effective for the cause of the gospel, this statement that Paul just made contains the most important factor in a Christian's life, can you put it in your own words?

Self must die! I must be willing to deny myself (daily) so that I will be available to live to God!
Jesus made this very clear... Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23

** If I am not the focus of my daily concerns, then who should be?

"...but Christ lives in me..." Our daily concerns should be filtered through the grid of Jesus Christ and His desire for our lives.

** Once Paul had established the pattern of denying himself daily, how did he fill the void that the death of self had created?

"...the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God..." Paul devoted himself to a lifestyle of "Advocating Christ". Even though Paul lived in a human body, he controlled that body with his faith in Christ so that others would hear the gospel and become saved.
cf. 1Corinthians 9:19-23 - Paul advocated Christ to all!

** If we want to imitate the faith of Paul by advocating Jesus Christ to all that we meet, what is to be our motivation, what was Paul's motivation?

He knew that Jesus "loved" him.

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