Basic Bible 5a: Galatians 2:20 and One Salvation.

“I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Would you not agree that Salvation is a most important subject of the Bible, at least personal salvation for you and me: surely to be rated in the top three topics of the Bible–Christ, God, and Salvation. If we can quote or read Galatians 2:20 from the heart, we can not be as confident of salvation as Paul who saw a heavenly vision, but we can be CONFIDENT ON OUR SALVATION.

Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)

“I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me.”

Galatians 2:20 with notes of Salvation

“I have been crucified with Christ {the repentance and faith of believe and believing with the One Baptism as God accepts the sacrifice of Christ as sufficient for our sins, justification}; it is no longer I who live {the death of the One Baptism, death to a life of sin and slavery to Satan}, but Christ lives in me {the regeneration and sanctification of the One Baptism and of Believing}; and the life which I now live in the flesh {sanctification and believing of the One Baptism} I live by faith in the Son of God {the initial saving faith of the One Baptism with the continuing grace and faith of the One Baptism}, who loved me and gave Himself for me {the blood and the
atonement of the One Baptism}. “ (Galatians 2:20)

Baptism

Have you ever asked yourself the question about the seven ONEs of Ephesians 4:46, the great summary of major beliefs of the Bible, why one salvation is not mentioned in there with “one faith”, “one baptism”, etc. The reason is that the “baptism” mentioned by Jesus in the Great Commission and the “baptism” fully developed by Paul in Romans, is the baptism of salvation.
Unfortunately, or fortunately we will see as we come to look at baptism as a contemporary parable, we always think of baptism as water baptism. Well, that is good, and that is exactly the way it was when Jesus started His ministry in Palestine with the baptism by John the Baptist. John, considered, the last of Old Testament Prophets, and consistent with the water baptism of the Old Testament, had a ministry of preparation for Jesus centered around repentance and water baptism. This will become clearer in this chapter.
Contemporary baptism is a Drama Baptism based on the two baptisms that must follow it in order to be an act of obedience and in order to be dramatic on what it represents: first in the background of Drama Baptism must come the Baptism of Jesus–Jesus told of that baptism in Mark 10:35-45–a baptism of death, burial, and resurrection; and second in the background of Drama Baptism must come a personal change in life–the same personal change Jesus speaks of in the Great Commission of “believe and be baptized”–whereby there is a radical inward change of life similar to that of which the Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20 whereby–

“we are crucified with Christ” {initial salvation with repentance and faith},
“nevertheless we live”
{initial salvation with faith and 9 month new birth}
“; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”
{new birth}
“; and the life which I now live in the flesh”
{continuing salvation in sanctification}
“, I live by the faith of the Son of God”
{adoption}
“, who loved me”
{reconciliation}
“and gave His life”
{redemption}
“for me.”

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