I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me…
I. Christian enthusiasm is POSSIBLE UNDER GREAT NATURAL DISADVANTAGES.
II. This enthusiasm must BE MAINTAINED BY CONTINUED FAITH IN CHRIST.
III. It is HEIGHTENED BY THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PERSONAL LOVE OF CHRIST.
IV. It is gloriously aroused by THANKFULNESS TO GOD FOR HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT.
V. THE CHRISTIAN FEELS FREE to serve Christ enthusiastically BECAUSE CHRIST HAS BORNE THE PENALTY DUE TO SIN.
VI. Christian enthusiasm, so far from CRUSHING INDIVIDUALITY AND INDEPENDENCE, EMPHASIZES THEM.
VII. IT OVERPOWERS UNHEALTHY SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS.
VIII. THE SOURCE OF IT ALL IS THE INDWELLING CHRIST.
(C. Stanford, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.
WEB: I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.