Friday, April 26
11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned. 12 For he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party. 13 Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews? ”
15 We are Jews by birth and not “Gentile sinners,” 16 and yet because we know that a person is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we ourselves have believed in Christ Jesus. This was so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified. 17 But if we ourselves are also found to be “sinners” while seeking to be justified by Christ, is Christ then a promoter of sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live for God. 20 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. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
In these verses Paul is continuing to hammer home the truth that justification (being made right) by faith, not by good works is the only real version of the gospel. A couple heavy hitting verses located in this passage are 19 and 20. These verses show us that we should have a clear understanding of why we live, and who lives in us. It’s not our life but His. It’s not our plan, but His. It’s not our will, but His. Life is no longer about what we desire, but what He desires for us. It is no longer our own character within us, but the character of Christ. For all of this to be accomplished we recognize that is no longer our power, but His power inside of us.
Think about how things would be different if you truly believed that it was now Christ who lives in you. The great part about that news is that nothing has ever or will ever overcome the power of Christ. If that is the same power that’s inside of you then you are truly able to overcome all things.
Father, forgive me for living as if my life is my own. I surrender my plans for your plans, my will for Your will, and ask that You make me strong in my weakness through your power in me.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.