PTB 42: Salvation in One Verse.

PTB 42:  Salvation in One Verse

NOTE:  In keeping with the real-life photo of in Naval Aviation, Argentia Newfoundland, the longer title is “A One Verse Way of salvation at 6,000 feet over the Ocean in all weather”.

Galatians 2:20

“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.”
King James Version (KJV)

I.  “I am Crucified with Christ” obviously identifies self with the historical Crucifixion in the first century of the Lord Jesus Christ, the whole world knows about that.  What you don’t see is the very practical HOW of being crucified with Christ, something that all in the world must do in order to have the salvation provided by God the Father.  However, it is clear that some sort of death like process must be the experience of those who would begin salvation, and we know from other Scriptures, comparing scripture with scripture, that this is death of self.  Another way to describe death to self is repentance and faith.  So the Apostle Paul is saying for all of us in Galatians 2:20, like he himself did, and in effect “I repent of my sins and self, crucify my sins and self in order that the next step may happen, that “I live”!

     1.  Life or Living is another way to describe Salvation.  It is better life, a higher quality of life; but primarily it is a promise never to permanently die.  It is in the God promised words of the Bible “everlasting life.” Jesus told Mary and the onlookers as He raised Lazarus from the dead, “He that believeth on me shall never die.”  And before that said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” You must believe those words from Jesus to get the whole salvation process started inwardly.

     2.  The penalty in the Garden of Eden on the whole human race, when man and woman under the leadership of Satan doubted God and were disobedient to God, was DEATH.  The salvation of God through Christ and what He did on the cross reverses that and gives for death, eternal life.

II.  “Nevertheless I live…”.  It is sort of like in the supreme example Jesus and Paul gives in the Bible of water baptism.  Being immersed into the water represents death, which is the experience of all unless Christ comes first, and then being raised out of the water represents the great Resurrection day that all will experience at the Second Coming of Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 King James Version (KJV)

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

     1.  Changed is part of salvation, inwardly and outwardly.

     2.  We are allowed; well really commanded at the sound of that last trump to come back to life and for our bodies, like God Himself, to take on an incorruptible nature as equipment for eternal life.

     3.  There are a few great Mysteries in the Bible, and this is one of them, that all shall not die.

III.  “…yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”.  Christ lives in me after repentance and faith, Christ lives in me after repentance and faith.  This is part of the great mystery of Salvation, the Christ Himself or the Spirit of Christ takes up residence in the human heart; therefore that person or persons, that believer or believers CAN NOT DIE.

     1.  This describes in other words THE NEW BIRTH, called regeneration of born again.  Most know that Jesus while on earth told Nicodemus that “a man must be born again”.  He must be born of water, a description as most know of the birth process whereby the water breaks, and then born of the blood, so we come right back to the Crucifixion of Jesus on the cross often in the Bible refereed to as the blood.

     2.  In PTB 42-48 we will look at many ways of salvation, or ways to describe salvation like cross, blood, regeneration or new birth, atonement, redemption, and so on and one the descriptive words are almost without end because SALVATION is what God truly desires for every man, woman, and child and youth on this earth.  You can say all you want in criticisms of God the Father about sin, cruelty, pain and suffering on earth; yet it all only makes sense and is explainable as given consideration that ALL CAN BE SAVED ETERNALLY!

IV.  It starts getting a little deep here with “and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God”.  We will learn from the Bible in later messages on salvation that this is called sanctification, or the daily and yearly process in salvation of becoming more than Christ.  In other words, what we are called to be as Christians can be, through Christ living and growing in us.  And in other messages, it will be stressed from the Bible that salvation is past, present, and future.  With initial faith and repentance on our part and new birth on the part of God the Father we were saved; we continue daily in faith, continuing faith and salvation by the grace and power of God until finally in the future we arrive at Glorification.  Glorification is that resurrection process where “we shall be like Jesus because we shall see Him as He is.”

V.   “…the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” This is where it gets very personal with “me” and “me”.  Jesus did and does love us, and God the Father does love us as “He was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.”  And this is also a reason why some of us prefer salvation in a nutshell from Galatians 2:20 over from John 3:16,

Conclusion:  You should know that quoting from memory Galatians 2:20 and preaching on it is not just words:  It was very personal at my own salvation, and continues to be; and it was very serious when in 1957 as youth pastor I preached on Galatians 2:20, much like above, at Lexington Park Maryland.

Sorry do not have a photo of the Sunday after our wedding where in the worship service of Bellevue Baptist Church Dr. Robert G. Lee presented me with a license to preach.  This is better looking with Ann in it, a photo of our wedding the day before.

This is brought up although personal, and because salvation and preaching on salvation is very personal, because shortly after the license to preach by Dr. Lee came the opportunity as a young preacher and sailor to preach at Lexington Park Baptist Church.  What do you think moved me to preach on?  Yes, you guessed it, Galatians 2:20, in a textual message line by line from Galatians 2:20 much like above.

In a later post the certificate of the license to preach signed by Dr. Lee and the then associate pastor, Ralph McIntosh, a few words by the examination by them and the deacons.  However, finishing this message as started, a photo taken in one flight of the super-connie above will be shown with me at my ditching station (my normal duty station to assure correct operation of the radars) with a red and read Bible positioned in front of me on every flight, the same Bible in which was highlighted Galatians 2:20—

“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.”

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