by Ajay Chakravarthy (based on RLCF Bible Study on October 28, 2015)
“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
We can sometimes read Gal. 2:20 only up to “….I live by faith in the Son of God”. If we don’t read Gal. 2:20 all the way to the end, we can end up with an emphasis of our faith that is not firmly grounded on a Jesus who loves us but rather we can have a crucified life out of something we ought to do rather than on the basis of God’s love for me.
Why is it important that we choose to believe in His love and that He is pleased with me?
There is a parable that Jesus told of a slave who had been given a mina from a noble man to do business with. The slave didn’t do anything and made an accusation that he had believed the noble man to be harsh. We see a strong rebuke that noble man gave to the slave.
`You vile and wicked slave,’ the king roared. `Hard, am I? That’s exactly how I’ll be toward you! If you knew so much about me and how tough I am, then why didn’t you deposit the money in the bank so that I could at least get some interest on it?’ (Luke 19:22-23 TLB)
Jesus will be the way that I see Him to be, if I see Him to be hard that is the way He will be towards me. But if I believe the truth of how He is according to word of God that is the way He will be to me.
Often despite knowing that we have asked God to forgive us and having been cleansed from all our sins our emotions can make us feel that there is something for which God is not pleased with us about. It is important that we rely on God’s word and not our feelings (2 Cor. 5:7).
Let’s be convinced of these promises of how He looks at us:
- Apple of His eye (Zec. 2:8) and under the shadow of His wings (Ps. 91:1, Ps. 17:8)
- He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zep. 3:17 NLT)
- I’m the son of my Heavenly Father and He is well pleased with me like He is with Jesus. (Matthew 3:17, John 17:23)
I think of how Apostle Paul had been in agreement with the killing of Stephen (Acts 22:20) and how often he may have been reminded of that incident. And how much he would have had to been completely convinced and established that he was completely forgiven, justified and that God was pleased with Him. If not for that how could he with such confidence share God’s word (2 Cor. 3:12), correct those in error (Gal. 2:11) and be an example who boldly could tell others to follow him as He followed Christ (1 Cor. 11:1).
If we have a clear conscience before God and man, we too can be completely convinced that He is pleased with us and walk in His love established in His word.