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. (Galatians 2:20)
The center of our redemption is what God did for us in Christ.
Our identification is revealed at the beginning of Galatians 2:20. The King James Version uses “I am” to connect the believer’s crucifixion directly to Christ’s crucifixion. Every other translation of Galatians 2:20 uses the past tense: “I was” or “I have been.”
- I have been crucified with Christ…Noli
- I have been crucified with Christ…Jerusalem Bible
- I have been crucified with Christ…Barclay
According to Romans 6:6, the old man is crucified with Him so that we could be free from the dominion and control of sin. This is not a spiritual state we are attaining; it is something God did for us in Christ. It is an absolute fact that Galatians 2:20 applies to us right now, today. We don’t need to wait until we have thirty years of spiritual maturity before we can apply this scripture to our lives.
Confession: I have been crucified with Christ, and I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me.
(Galatians 2:20 Jerusalem Bible)