The Life Which I Now Live
Galatians 2:20: The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, (Jesus) to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
1 John 5:12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
The life of one who has received Christ into his heart and become a son of God is new and different. There are many ways to describe and define the differences. Sadly, there are also many ways for us to misunderstand and hide them. Some of my chief delights since I have been saved are definitions and descriptions of what it is to be a son of God. I enjoyed greatly Charles Haddon Spurgeon*s definitions in his devotional on Galatians 2:20:
When the Lord in mercy passed by and saw us in our blood, He first of all said, Live; and this He did first, because life is one of the absolutely essential things in spiritual matters, and until it be bestowed we are incapable of partaking in the things of the kingdom. Now the life which grace confers upon the saints at the moment of their quickening is none other than the life of Christ, which, like the sap from the stem, runs into us, the branches, and establishes a living connection between our souls and Jesus. Faith is the grace which perceives this union, having proceeded from it as its firstfruit. It is the neck which joins the body of the Church to its all-glorious Head.
*Oh Faith! thou bond of union with the Lord,
Is not this office thine? and thy fit name,
In the economy of gospel types,
And symbols apposite-the Church*s neck;
Identifying her in will and work
With Him ascended?*
Faith lays hold upon the Lord Jesus with a firm and determined grasp. She knows His excellence and worth, and no temptation can induce her to repose her trust elsewhere; and Christ Jesus is so delighted with this heavenly grace, that He never ceases to strengthen and sustain her by the loving embrace and all-sufficient support of His eternal arms. Here, then, is established a living, sensible, and delightful union which casts forth streams of love, confidence, sympathy, complacency, and joy, whereof both the bride and bridegroom love to drink. When the soul can evidently perceive this oneness between itself and Christ, the pulse may be felt as beating for both, and the one blood as flowing through the veins of each. Then is the heart as near heaven as it can be on earth, and is prepared for the enjoyment of the most sublime and spiritual kind of fellowship.