Contemplations On The Cross
An acquaintance of mine commented on how disgusted she is with religious people. “They aren’t what they’re cracked up to be. They are such hypocrites.” At first I was a little surprised at the rest of her remarks, some of which were quite heated and full of popular, over-used expletives. She claims to be “open minded” concerning just about everything. However, when it comes to “believers”, she cuts them no slack!
Instead of reacting to her reactions to believers, I decided to explore this a little myself. Is there evidence for her conclusions? This is what I came up with, based first of all on her challenge. After doing some self examination as well as a little spiritual “time travel” into the past to revisit some religious “worlds” of past involvement, I discovered that her claims may carry some weight.
These “reviews” amounted to the formation of a question: Why are people involved in religion, or “spirituality”, as some prefer, since they regard themselves as “spiritual” and not “religious”? Unfortunately the two seem to have become mutually exclusive in some minds. However, Lucifer is a spirit and he certainly “believes in” God, so I guess that makes him “spiritual” too, eh?
Please, mind you, these are observations, not judgements. I cannot “judge”. I do not sit behind a tall desk, dressed in a black robe, a gavel in my hand dispensing sentences for crimes, offenses, or misdemeanors. But I can make observations about why people are religious / spiritual. Here are a few:
1. You grow up in a tradition. The whole family - immediate and extended - follows “THE Tradition”. Blindly. You “believe” because it’s your family’s belief, but you may not really know God. You may be nominally Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Pentecostal, whatever. “It’s what we do.”
2. Religion is entertainment. You know - the parlor games crowd. Dabbling with no commitments. Spiritual one night stands. Tarot readings, astrology, palm readings... reading everything but the Bible. Seances, visiting haunted buildings, dancing in circle under a full moon, spoon bending, retreats and workshops on how to discover or enhance your psychic abilities or see auras.
3. You have a curiosity about the “unseen”. So you involve yourself in metaphysical research. The word itself simply means “beyond the physical”. There are many branches of metaphysical science. It’s essentially the study of how the unseen - “energy” - effects the realm of matter, what we can see. It is the study of the interplay of cause and effect - prayer, positive thinking, science of mind, affirmations, and the like. Personally I do not actually regard this as a religion, except to add that paradoxically all religions have metaphysical practices and tools. Metaphysical “science” observes and theorizes how religious practices work, for example, how does prayer / ritual affect physical situations? This could also include the effects of light or color (art and symbolism), sound or vibration (music), and integrative healing settings.
4. Another reason why people do religion is that the church basement is the nearest thing to an exclusive social club where you can get the latest gossip about who should be excluded from your clique. The rule of thumb is to always bring your yardstick to the quilting circle. That way you can decide how someone who’s not there does not quite measure up to your standard for them, but you yourself indeed wind up being tall in the saddle of self righteousness, pilgrim.
5. Or maybe you are someone who likes to win, even at church in the men’s Bible study. You like to impress with all your knowledge, which certainly exceeds that of anyone else in the room. But you’re on your fourth marriage, and your current wife hasn’t yet mentioned to you that she’s filed for divorce. Your his-hers-ours batch of kids are pretty much little hellions whose respect you’ve never managed to win, and who may, if they’re fortunate, not grow up to be like you. But you’re too heavenly minded to be any earthly good, so who cares?
6. Maybe you’re afraid of hell when you die, and the life you’re living now is riddled with guilt and drama. So you’re into chastisements, punishments, penance, and really love a good hellfire and brimstone sermon every now and then. Your life is so bad that this kind of thing actually gives you comfort. It leaves you temporarily feeling better (or bitter?) about yourself, and you think if you can please God with your ego attempts at being good. Self righteousness and self efforts surely will give you a better crack at Heaven.
7. Then you may be one who chooses a religious path that shows you how to keep your sunny side up, but the reality is that you’re torn apart on your insides and the outside of your life. It’s a place where you can learn principles and affirmations that basically instruct you on how to serve a gourmet dinner on top of a dumpster, but the garbage and its smell never get taken away, as the inner stench permeates every area of life. You just can’t get away from it, because you haven’t realized that it’s what’s inside a man that defiles him, as Jesus taught. It may be a religion of “getting ahead” in the world, or how to attract more stuff into your life. But it isn’t changing you, and that’s where the work needs to be done.
8. You’re into politics, so you join a religion that may run anywhere from ultra-conservative right to ultra-liberal left. Whatever it is, it must be politically correct, having its particular agenda for mankind, just as long as it’s a religion informed by those who know what’s best for everyone else - “the” cause or party you blindly support with vigor. You may have never really heard Jesus when He says, “My kingdom is not of this world.”
9. Last but not least, is that of Jesus Christ’s Way of salvation through His cross and resurrection, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not about tradition, habit, religion as entertainment, trendy spirituality, the unseen, Bible thumping, gossip, self righteousness, fear, guilt, positive thinking, politics, or even how to have a better shot at your fifteen minutes of fame.
It is about the narrow Way! It is about the Jesus Christ way of inner spiritual transformation! It’s your real reason for being! It’s about being freed from sin, death, the world’s way of doing things, and the hooks of the evil one on your Soul. At some point you’ve come to the place where you’ve experienced the life-transforming call of Jesus Christ the risen Son of God. You’ve heard Him say within you, as He looks into your Soul, takes you by the hand, and says, “Follow me!” And you surrender in full!
You leave your “stuff” right there and walk away from it. As the Door opens, you walk into the transforming power of the Presence of the Living God, as He seals the promise on your Heart, “I will never leave you or forsake you!” And everything changes, especially your priorities. None of those other “reasons for religion” can hold a candle to His divine reality.
If you’re like me, and you’ve been in those other spaces or something close to them, the people who questioned you then may really criticize you now. They may always see you as they formerly perceived you, refusing to admit that a sea change has occurred, and this can be deeply disturbing to them.
When St. Paul was still Saul of Tarsus, he was a Pharisee who had overseen the martyrdom of many Christians. But when Jesus introduced Himself to Paul in a blinding vision, it transformed him beyond his former identities. The old Saul was gone, whether anyone was for him or against him. He now labored on behalf of those he’d formerly persecuted, in order that Christ be formed in them. (See Galatians 4:19). In other words the change was so radical that his name was no longer Saul, but Paul.
Being made new - going from inner darkness and sinning to being radiant and shining with God’s own Light through the Holy Spirit living within - is what it’s about. This can only be brought about through surrendering to the Cross, where we are made a new creation in Jesus Christ!
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord,
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh... Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”
So asks the old spiritual. Profoundly simple. Simply profound! It asks us to look deeply into the mystery that is the cross. So, what do you say, dear reader, in answer to this question? Were you there? Do you know you were there?
Indeed, mysteriously, the cross is my story. It is your story. It is everyone’s story, in our Lord Jesus - if we can only see it as such.
At first glance, we may only see the cross in historical and physical terms. It has always been seen as a device of torture and execution from the ancient world. People who perceive the cross only in this way often ask, “Why do you wear a crucifix? It’s a very negative symbol.” But is it really just that? Or is there something more?
The natural history of the symbol is not really the issue. The supernatural history of the cross of Jesus Christ is the issue! The question really remains a spiritual one: was I there, were you there - when they crucified our Lord? How do you see yourself in relationship to that cross?
The cross was a place where crime and insurrection ended, in no uncertain terms, as far as the occupational forces of Rome were concerned in any land the empire conquered. These brutal crucifixions were public events, reminders to all about who ruled the roost and what would happen to trouble making dissenters.
Does that ring any bells, strictly from the perspective of the cross being the place where rebellion ends? Let’s explore further.
Even the cross’s natural and repugnant use depicts something to us about our own ancient skeletons in the closet. In the beginning, we were the insurrectionists, complicit in a cosmic coup set against our Heavenly Father, His Kingdom, and His divine plan for our uninterrupted eternal Good.
Someone was insanely jealous of this Kingdom and those created to occupy, administrate, and enjoy it. Ultimately our first parents were “tricked” through this very cunning, hateful, and jealous adversary into rebellion.
They fell for the Serpent’s treachery and swallowed his tempting idea. They were complicit in a crime against all humans - the first crime against humanity. How sweet that first bite of fruit must have seemed to Eve, then to Adam. Yet how hard and fast the plunge into captivity - meaning a fall into sin and death. Power over us was handed over to our adversary the Evil One. Not just for the Primal Parents, but over the whole human race for that day forward.
They certainly bit off more than they could chew!
You can laugh at this if you want to, but the rest, as they say, is history. This is the real reason things have gone the way they have, since the children of God were tricked into surrendering their birthright and their world to the Evil One and fallen beings who followed him. We were coerced into a rebellion against our Father and against ourselves. Crazy, isn’t it? But it’s been the pattern ever since. We were essentially sold into captivity for something temporary and tasty.
Yet our Heavenly Father’s unconditional and everlasting love is such that He provided a Way for us to be free. He could not bear to see His children taken captive, imprisoned, blinded, programmed, maimed, crippled, and enslaved to this arch fiend and his hordes!
The Father enacted a plan, along with His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Granted the gift of faith by the Holy Spirit, we perceive ourselves crucified, dead, and more importantly resurrected to new life in the Redemptive Act of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Surrendering ourselves and our will to Him (by the power of the Holy Spirit) on an ongoing basis, we are set free from sin (and its wages - death), self, and Satan! We are granted not only a pardon but the gift of a whole new state of being. We are restored to fellowship with our Heavenly Father.
Jesus Christ Himself, the perfect and spotless Lamb of God, took upon Himself our sin and put it to death on the cross. His blood paid the ransom on our heads, so we could walk away free of the stranglehold of darkness, into a whole new life!
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Restoration to full sonship - becoming the righteousness of God - is the intended path of salvation!
In other words He, the One Who was sinless, took upon Himself our sin-full rebelliousness and its results. He crucified these in His own body on the cross. We - the human former insurrectionist component of that ancient coup - can therefore say with a resounding yes, that we were there when they crucified our Lord!
We can then re-affirm every day, “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.” (Galatians 2:20)
Thanks be to God! Jesus took upon Himself the burden of all the sin of humanity, from the beginning of time to the end of all things, put it to death in the cross, and offers His own new Resurrected Life to us through the Holy Spirit.
So we revisit the question, were you there when they crucified my Lord? Do you see yourself - with the eyes of faith - dead through that cross but made alive through His resurrection? And more than this, were you there when He rose up from the dead? The answer should be a resounding yes!
May the Holy Spirit open to us the inner seeing of His supernatural faith - to perceive His remarkable gift, receive it, and live our life forever within this new reality, now and throughout all eternity.
I don’t know about you, dear reader, but that’s an offer I can’t refuse - Jesus has taken me from insurrection to resurrection and beyond! Thanks be to our God and Father for His unfathomable love for us all! May our eyes be open to perceive, receive, and live in the newness of His life!
“Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.’” 2 Timothy 2:19.
It seems clearer than clear that, yes, the Holy Scriptures do reveal Jesus Christ. It doesn’t stop there, since we are also guided to let the Mind of Christ be in us (Philippians 2:5). The Mind of Christ is that of humility and full surrender of our will to God our Heavenly Father, manifesting His righteousness through the Holy Spirit, “that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2Timothy 3:17.
We could say that if we are His “house of prayer”, then we are to be properly “furnished”.
For some reason when believers take their cue from what is politically correct these days, a tale is disseminated of a very unbalanced and incomplete half truth about the nature of being saved by grace. Certainly this is where the salvation journey begins, but it does not end there - as in, “OK, I’m saved now, so I can live any way I please, and I’m still right with God. I do not need to repent, to turn away from evil.” But this is not how it works.
This is as foolish as being given a reprieve from a life sentence in prison, but refusing to leave the jail! You have to use that “get our of jail free” card. It's the one with the Cross on it.
The Christian path is the Way of freedom from sin and the stranglehold of Satanic bondage. Christianity ought to be a grappling with spiritual reality, but so often is only seen in terms of mental assent to a doctrine. Anything short of a genuine spiritual experience, impacting the mind and the heart being set free from what is clearly evil, robs the soul of its salvation and its freedom to walk in the Way of the Lord. Scripture confirms over and over again that Jesus provided our salvation through His cross, but we have to live as new creatures in that new reality brought about through His resurrection. That’s the whole point.
The Holy Spirit confirms this to our hearts and minds, as the desire for righteousness and good works follow as a result of faith, “... that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Salvation is a process wherein we ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking (see Luke 11:9,10, especially in the Amplified Bible).
Salvation is experienced as the awareness of the reality of heavenly intervention and the willingness to walk in the power of God. We walk out of darkness into “His marvelous light”! (1 Peter 2:9) In other words departing from iniquity clearly means heading in the direction of righteousness, our beacon and lighthouse in the tempest. This is the way of repentance.
True - it is not our righteousness but the righteousness of God Himself, His holiness, His perfection with which we are adorned. We have the promise from Malachi 4:2 that upon those who fear the name of the Lord “shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings”! God’s love radiates out to us. As we walk toward that Light of God, He draws near to us, and we are enveloped in His Light of transforming Grace! His righteousness becomes our righteousness as a manifest reality. His Light causes all the darkness within us to flee! Our world is changed as we are changed.
If indeed we have received Christ in this way, in a real way, there is a genuine hunger and thirst for righteousness. Another promise of Jesus then comes into view, that we shall be filled (Matthew 5:6). Where there is no appetite, one does not partake of food - physical or spiritual. Even this hunger comes from Above! It is always by God’s Grace that we are becoming “saved” as His likeness is restored within us. This is real divine intervention, for through the Holy Spirit we are then filled and shining with the Sun of Righteousness Himself.
Once Christ is genuinely received within our heart in His fulness, our personality, priorities, goals, life directions, and motivations change radically - from the inside out. The desires of the Lord become our desires! We become new creations, with the old passing away, and all things becoming new (See 2 Corinthians 5:17) by the Holy Spirit - from the inside out… Yes, I know I keep repeating that phrase “from the inside out”.
Apathy, selfishness, new age material success emphasis, and the like seem to run rampant among believers. But why? Could it be that people are satisfied with “easy belief” and “religion”, or continually look for some new type of spiritual entertainment, but have not really had a conscious, life-impacting brush with otherworldly reality - for good or for ill?
Maybe therefore we are not actually convinced that there is more to reality than what our five senses connect with. We’ve lost track of the mission in many instances - that as the Body of Christ we have the same purpose as our Head, Jesus Christ - to participate in the destruction of the works of the devil and to come personally into the fulness of Christ. What will it take to get us to awake?
This is real! It requires the righteousness of God, not our ego programs, or self righteousness, to do His work. His shining Righteousness is the only pure Light capable of routing out all the works of darkness!
We’ve lost track of greater spiritual reality and how it has impacted Planet Earth, and we may not even see ourselves as having been affected by it. We’re not convinced, in our age of rationalism and relativism, that there is sin and evil, or in some cases even that God is real. We may go to a church or play church, but have we stepped up to the plate of being the church, the "ecclesia" - the ones called out of the world system and set apart for God and for His purposes?
Might it be that for lack of a vision that the people are unruly, or they perish? (See Proverbs 29:18.)
May the Sun of Righteousness forever enlighten our heart! Let us ask, seek, and knock as St. Paul did - “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ephesians 1:17-23)
It doesn't get any better than this!
John 20:21. “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Maybe it’s simplistic to ask this question, but have you ever wondered why there is so much resistance to the claims of Christianity, and the testimonies of Christians who have experienced the reality of those claims? This resistance takes the form of anything from simple skepticism and scoffing to genuine explosive hostility and persecution.
Might it go a little deeper than the surface disagreements between denominations, or even the shameful history of one Christian group against another for two millennia?
What it it about “the Church” that really evokes hostility here on Planet Earth from the non-Christian world?
Simply put, the Church – in spite of her foibles – represents something of a very powerful otherworldly Presence on a planet which has known little but “alien” (demonic) occupation for thousands of years. The Church is a threat to the status quo of the powers that illicitly occupy Planet Earth. (Sadly it seems at this point to represent only a potential threat to the dismantlement of these adversarial strongholds, due to its lukewarmness and lack of understanding of its real calling and purpose.)
The Church represents a Kingdom not of this world. It is the “embassy” of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. The Lord’s people claimed by the Blood of Jesus Christ are to be ambassadors for Christ. (See 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, and Ephesians 6:18-20).
Certainly there are differences in many doctrinal positions and perceptions among denominations, but the one constant, perceived consciously or unconsciously, is that the Earth and the human souls which inhabit her are not the property of the current occupational forces which have no real authority here.
This Luciferian authoritarian regime ended over two-thousand years ago, as Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished!” The Serpent’s head of old was finally crushed. The adversary was defeated through the redemptive work of the Son of God. We were and are redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, in order for us to live within the original estate of the loving will of our Heavenly Father and God!
Whatever occupational forces that remain in place are here in the same manner in which they were originally put in place – by the complicity of men’s wills through cunning, coercion, and control.
The Embassy, however, “stretches” in its expanse from the physical Body of Christ - the ones called forth from and out of the world system and its religions - up through celestial orders of loyal holy angels still true to their domains, to the Holy Trinity of the Godhead itself. We have friends in high places! The Embassy exists on Earth to deliver mankind – the children of God – from this current occupation, its world systems, and from the “programming” called original sin, through the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This programming in the hearts, minds, and souls of humankind is the cause of this resistance to the claims of Christianity, creating spiritual blindness, deafness, lameness, and hardness of heart. The Embassy exists to set men free from this condition.
This Gospel message is laid out in many ways throughout the Holy Scripture, the Bible. It is the “mission manual” stating the challenge and the history of it, the goal of how it is to be taken down, the Vision of the final outcome, and who the key players are, as well as what our understanding needs to be concerning the fulness of salvation to be completed in the last days of the age (also called by some the “end of the world” system). This little synopsis is a poor one, but it needs to be considered and pondered at length, deeply, and prayerfully by every soul who names the Name of Jesus Christ.
Messengers are sent to call our attention to this greater reality, to which so many have fallen asleep. Who takes this seriously anymore – that we are here to pull off the spiritual jailbreak of the ages – setting free the “POW’s” of the Luciferian occupation?
We are to get past boot camp and into the fray, as good soldiers, on behalf of the Embassy. Souls must be reclaimed from the power of the devil, the world, the flesh, and sin (a very unpopular word these days). There’s a lot of unfinished business here on Planet Earth. Jesus didn’t die so we could have a free for all and let the good times roll! (His joy unspeakable and full of glory is of a much higher order!) The occupational forces seem to have more of a foothold than ever, and so we must wake up, come to attention and genuinely come to grips with the magnitude and seriousness of the mission.
The “Church” is not a social club for gossips and people who want to look good on the outside to the world. It is not to be a propaganda machine informed by popular political agendas. It is not here to teach New Age success and prosperity doctrines, or how to follow your dream. It is here to bring souls first to salvation and then to the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). It is here to be the Body of Christ in this world, one with its Head, so that the world may be saved. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Are we up for that or not?
The peculiar thing about the weapons of our warfare is that this is not about guts, guns, and personal ego glory! It is about first of all full surrender of personal will and ego to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to hearing His “word” to us (both the Holy Scripture and the word of His Still Small Voice in our hearts, the Holy Spirit. The two need to confirm each other).
Like Jesus, we are to be about the Father’s business! We are to put on the Mind of Christ – humility and unconditional Love, to be singly focused of mind, heart, soul, strength, and intention in Jesus alone. Jesus promises that it is the “meek” who will inherit the Earth – those fully surrendered to the Lord God of Hosts! We love as He loves us! (See Psalm 37:11 and Matthew 5:5.)
This is an important realization. There are too many today rallying to other lesser causes than the reality of the Embassy of the Kingdom that is not of this world, but to Whom this world belongs.
It is important that we remind one another of the real reasons why we are here, as we are reminded by St. Paul to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” (Ephesians 5:14-21)
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
“Behold the man!” These words of Pontius Pilate seem to be a strange place to begin. “Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!” (John 19:5) Yet they echo the words of John the Baptist at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, as he says, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
The question is, what do I see when I “behold the Man”? It occurred to me that perhaps I ought to answer that as a sort of affirmative prayer...
Let this be my prayer, my affirmation wherein I stand, giving all thanks to You, oh Savior and Lord of all, that I may behold You first of all, myself within You in Your Passion, and You within me. Another facet of Your Incarnation. Amen.
Soon comes the day, the Day of the Lord, when all things are accomplished and restored - the sons of God manifested, the Earth and all her inhabitants no longer under the dominion of evil. Then will be the reign of the Prince of Peace with the restoration of all creation, which has labored as a woman in childbirth, awaiting the revealing of the sons of God.
It took the Cross to begin this work. One by one. The old song asks, "Where you there when they crucified my Lord?" Each of us might do well to ponder the implication of this question.
This is the purpose of our faith - that the sons of God are restored and manifested, to be as Jesus was in this world, coming about through the redemption wrought by our Elder Brother Jesus Christ, walking the path of repentance and humility, the Way of salvation. It means that the Holy Spirit calls us to and keeps us in His work by Grace through faith. With the vision of faith, as we “behold the man”, we become in fulness what we already are in seed, as the acorn becomes the oak. Christ in us the Hope of Glory. “For me to live IS Christ, and to die is gain.” He increases; I decrease.
I see this in type as the ancient symbol of Moses’ serpent on the staff (Numbers 21:6-9), a picture of the crucifixion of the “serpent” nature in us, and as we behold ourselves within His passion in the Cross, we are set free and healed. His heel was bruised, but the serpent’s head was crushed. Once and for all! And with Him we cry out in acknowledgment, “It IS finished!” This is where all true healing begins - as we behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
Oh say, can you see this? “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.” (Galatians 2:20)
Let me live, Holy Spirit, ever in this vision, this truth, this reality - crucified, dead, buried, raised up and ascended - in Him, with Him, and through Him, in and by Whom we live, move, and have our being - to Whom belongs all might, power, and dominion, now and throughout all ages forever and ever. Glory to the Lamb Who was slain, the Risen Savior! Amen.
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