“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, tells them that being JUSTIFIED by FAITH in Christ is not done by the works of the law, because by the works of the law NO ONE will be JUSTIFIED (V16). He stated that; “Through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.” He went on to say that he had been crucified with Christ and it is NO LONGER he who lives, but CHRIST, who lives in him. This is done through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
The life that he lived in the body, he lived by FAITH in the Son of God, the One who loved him to the point of giving Himself for Paul. Paul reasoned, if Christ loved him to the point of dying in his place, then he could DIE to self, and LIVE for Jesus Christ. This would bring him something that the law could NOT, which is JUSTIFICATION by FAITH in CHRIST.
You see, LIVING BY FAITH, is not being OBEDIENT to a set of rules and regulations, but it is being OBEDIENT to the ALMIGHTY GOD, and living in accordance to His will. If the Law could bring SALVATION, then Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, was in vain. And the Law would nullify God’s GRACE.
SALVATION by the Law would be SALVATION by WORKS. And it is NOT BY WORKS that we are saved, but by God’s GRACE and MERCY, through the DEATH and RESURRECTION of His Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, in order to LIVE BY FAITH, we MUST be like Paul, and be CRUCIFIED with Christ, so we MIGHT LIVE for Him, and gain an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its blessings.
In order for YOU to LIVE BY FAITH, and have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, you MUST DO this FIRST: TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle (be crucified with Christ), and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that, Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and begin LIVING BY FAITH for CHRIST JESUS, the ONE, who DIED for YOU. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!