The Spirit Filled Believer
Email  |  My Account  |  Donate
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20).

The usual Greek word translated crucified is stauroo (stow-ro'-o) meaning "to impale on a cross."

Here in this verse, Paul uses the Greek word sustauroo (soo-tow-ro'-o), "to impale in company with," referring to a co-crucifixion. This is the word used for the two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus.

Paul stresses that he was also impaled on the cross with Jesus. When Christ died, Paul died with Him. But like Christ, Paul did not stay dead. If Paul was crucified and buried with Christ, he was also raised to new life with Christ.

The remainder of this verse declares: "and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith." The apostle understood that his old life "of the flesh" was gone and the life he now lived "in the flesh" was a spiritual one.

We Are Alive In Christ
Paul's new life was totally different from that which he had lived before the crucifixion of his "old man." The same is true of you and me. We too were crucified, dead and buried with our Lord. We too were raised to new life in Christ.

Christ is seated in the heavenlies, and Paul tells us that we are seated there with Him (Eph. 1:3). If that is so, if we are new spiritual beings, what kind of life should we now live?

Men have spent centuries focusing on our need to be crucified with Christ, to nail our "old man" to the cross. But the co-crucifixion is not the end, the ultimate achievement, or the final goal.

It is simply God's ordained method for getting us into resurrection life. As Paul said of himself, you and I can say of ourselves: we are dead to sin, but alive in Christ.

Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer's Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Sign Up for The Spirit Filled Believer

Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

About Us

The online ministry of cfaith has been helping people discover faith, friends and freedom in the Word since 2000. Cfaith provides a unique and comprehensive collection of faith-building resources for the worldwide faith community.

At cfaith, you can strengthen your faith and deepen your understanding of the Word of God by digging into the vast collection of teaching articles, streaming audio and video messages, and daily devotionals. No other website offers such a unique and extensive collection of spiritual-growth resources aimed at helping you grow in your knowledge of the Word.




Support Us

Why support cfaith?

(All contributions are 100% tax deductible)


For every Internet search you make using
goodsearch, cfaith will receive one penny!

GS Logo 250x38

Contact Us

Business Hours:

Monday—Friday: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. CST
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


(763) 488-7800 or (800) 748-8107

Mailing Address:
9201 75th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


Login Form

Please ignore the “Secret Key” field; it is not needed to log in to cfaith.

Login Change Article

You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.