5 Minutes in the Word: Galatians 2:20
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. Galatians 2:20, NIV
Oneness (noun): 1. The quality of being one; singleness 2. Uniqueness 3. Sameness; identity
It is imperative that we explore and understand oneness. We must put in perspective that oneness for us happens with the Almighty, Christ Jesus himself. Oneness with God cannot be counted as an adjective describing who we are, rather oneness is who we are with Christ. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, oneness was designed and created by God in light of the cross, Christ’s death, and His resurrection. When Christ died for us, we became a new creation. In this new creation Christ became one with us to dwell inside of us, “Christ lives in (us).” This is the difference between our old self and our new self. Oneness with Christ solidifies that we are not who we once were, but rather that we are now uniquely identified in sameness with Christ. His righteousness is our righteousness; His finished work on the cross becomes our breath of life; His strength is our strength.
Because we have oneness with Christ, we have complete access to Him, His help, His power, His grace--you name it, we can have it through Him. We need this access to Christ in order to “walk by faith,” not to live how we once were living.
This truth is embodied similarly to someone we all have heard of—Spiderman. Now, here me out for a moment. Before the Spiderman became, well, Spiderman, he was just your average Joe. He lived just like everyone else lived. Then, one moment changed the course of his entire life as a spider bit him. Waking up the next morning, he found that he could shoot webs, climb walls, and casually defeat the villains; he suddenly found that he now lived much differently than everyone else.
This is our story, too. Before becoming one with Christ, we lived just like everyone else lived. Then, one moment changed the course of our entire lives; we meet Christ and invite Him into our hearts and lives. One moment leads to another, and we now have power inside of us. We may not shoot webs from our hands or climb walls without ropes, but because Christ lives in us, we have the power and the resources to overcome the villain, to defeat sin, and to “walk by faith.” This, friends, is our everyday reality. We “live in the body” and the power of Christ, our Savior, the conqueror of death itself. What can we not defeat? The days are ours to win!
In your own words, what does oneness with God mean to you?
Look back at your Christian life, what areas in your life have you seen the power of God work through you to overcome sin?
Is there an area in your life where you find it hard to live differently? How does this verse speak truth over your situation and equip you to overcome?
Written by Caroline Brittingham