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Life in Christ for the World Gal
2:20-21 ...and it is no longer I who live, but it is
Christ who lives in me (Gal
InGalatians 2:20-21, St.
Paul writes some of the most beautiful and meaningful verses in the
Bible.The above verse reveals many things about Paul himself. Firstly, it
is evident that he fully identified with Christ, since he said that he is
crucified with Christ. There is no greater degree of identification with
Christ than this. His life belongs to Christ and is fully yielded to
fulfill the will of Christ. And that's not all — the writer is also fully
committed to live for Christ, as he states that he lives by the faith of
the Son of God. He has complete trust in Christ to lead him, direct him,
and provide for him each day.
We can also tell from the way these verses are written that this life
which fully identified with Christ had not been the writer's way of life
at first. He says, "and the life which I now live in the
flesh,"which implies that at one time, he used to live for less
worthy goals than Christ. However, there was a turning point that had
changed his life. When did it come? The end of the verse shows us that it
came when he personally experienced the matchless love of the Son of God
who had given His own life for him. From that point onwards, the writer's
life was no longer the same as it was before. His old life was dead and
gone — crucified with Christ. He now lived a new and better life, which
was entirely for Christ alone!
Just as we see demonstrated in Paul's life, Christ must be involved in
everything we do and in all our relationships, at home and at work.
Christ must be the center of every aspect of our lives. He should be Lord
of all, or else He is not Lord at all. Let us reflect upon our lives so
that we may meaningfully proclaim that it is not we who live but it is
Christ who lives in us.
PRAYER Father God, we thank You for making it possible
for us to have new life in Jesus Christ. May we proclaim through our
lives and through all that we do that Christ truly lives in us. Enable
us, 0 Lord, by the power of Your Spirit, to live for Your glory. In Jesus
name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Make Christ the center of your life and all
the rest will fall in place. Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…