by Oswald Chambers
Redemption is the basis of things, it is God’s ”bit”; we have to live our actual life on that basis. We are
apt to get a conception of the Redemption that enables us to “hang in” to Jesus mentally and do nothing
else. This seems the natural outcome of the way Redemption has too often been presented. God
expects us to maintain in our individual lives the “ honor of a saint”. It is up to us to live the life of a
saint in order to show our gratitude to God for His amazing salvation, a salvation which cost us nothing
but which cost God everything.
In this passage Paul describes how this point of honor was reached in his life. “I have been crucified
with Christ…and the life which I now live in the flesh….” The word “now” is very annoying. If only Paul
had said “hereafter” this is the kind of life I am going to live after I am dead and in heaven; down here I
am compassed about with infirmities and am a miserable sinner.” But he did not, he said “now”, “the
life which I now live in the flesh… “ i.e.; the life men could see, …I live in faith, the faith which is in the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
November 5, 1916