Gal 2:20 Video Transcript – All parts
By Fred Pruitt
(This is a transcript of a video I did in my home in Pensacola, Florida, August 24, 2009. I have left it mostly intact, but have edited a touch.)
To listen to the full audio track without breaks: Audio Gal 220
It is also on video in six parts. To watch video: Gal 2:20 Video w/Fred Pruitt
(It was recorded when we could only do 10 minutes at a time on YouTube. That restriction no longer exists.)
Well, good afternoon. Today I’m going to talk about Galatians 2:20, and I haven’t prepared anything this time, so, we’ll just see what the Lord has for us.
First of all, I want to give people the option to bail out at the beginning, if you want, because I’m going to tell you what I told a conference of men 2 or 3 years ago out in California. They had given some of us opportunities to give short talks, setting us a 7 minute limit. As it is when people talk about these things – one guy spoke 20 minutes, another 30, another 40*, and then it came my turn. *(I might have exaggerated those times a bit.)
Well, I felt like the leader of the conference was really kind of getting a little nervous, because he did have a main speaker and he had reserved all this time for the main speaker, so I thought, “I’ll just make this short.”
And this is what I said … but let me just preface this by saying that this was a conference of very accomplished professional men, primarily, men who are very intelligent, men who were very successful, and men who were very analytical, so, this is what I said:
“Let’s just suppose, for the sake of argument, without any further analysis, without any ‘taking apart,’ without any qualification, that the following words are true, right now, in the present moment, for each of us, in our lives today. And those words are these: ‘I AM crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I … but Christ liveth in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith OF the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.’” And with that, I sat down. And those of you who know me, know that is the shortest speech I have ever given.
I’ll just let that rest in your mind just a moment because that really is the simplicity of the gospel, and you can just take it at face value, and believe it, and live on it. So I’m going to give you a couple of seconds to consider that, and for those who haven’t left after that, I will go into a further explanation of that.
Alright. So we’ll talk a little bit about the mechanics of Galatians 2:20. I want to tell you that this is the central core truth of the New Testament, which makes it really the central core truth of the whole Bible.
The purpose of God in creation and in sending His Son to give His Life for us after our race had fallen through our father Adam, was not so that we could spend could spend 10 billion trillion gazillion years sitting in Heaven looking at Him telling Him how great He is. I hate to trample on a bunch of toes, that have that vision, but I’ve never thought a whole lot about that vision, and let me tell you why.
A lot about God can be known through our natural lives. Now let me ask you this – what parent, what father, what mother, unless he had a sick narcissistic psychology would want his or her children to sit around the house all day and look at Mom and Dad telling them how great they are? No, that’s not the purpose of procreation, that our children would continually worship us. What we want is for our children, theoretically, to take the provision, the education, the values, the things that we have given them, and then to take those out and develop their own lives on the basis of those things. And we want them to be successful in what they do. We want them to go out and live full and whole lives, and not only that, but for them to bear children and do the same with those children. So that we don’t want our kids to be sitting around the house saying, “O Dad, Mom, you’re great, you’re great, we love you, you’re so good, you’re so good!”
I’d say, “Get out of here, go do something, do something with your life. That’s how you show me I’m great! That’s how you show me that I’ve done a good job, is you go out and do something yourself.”
That’s what God wants of us. He has this Love-drive, and the Love-drive seeks to reproduce. That’s the first thing He said, to the children of men, after creation, He says, “Be fruitful and multiply.” He wants a RACE of people, and a race of people that show forth His Life. And His Life is Love. His Life is Love toward others – love that goes out, love whose death is to meet the need of the other. To provide for, and if necessary, die for that other that the other might live. So when Christ is reproduced in us, when Christ becomes alive in us, then that’s the Life that we live. We’re not interested in getting disciples to ourselves so they can all sit around and marvel at our wisdom and marvel at our holiness and our beauty. No, we want the people that God gives to us – we want them to grow up and become whole persons themselves.
You know, Paul said to Timothy, “What I have given to you, you teach to other men who will also commit it to others.” And so this Life is a continual outflow. It says in Hebrews that Christ is the outraying of the Divine. Well see, that’s the whole purpose of this Life, is that Christ would be formed in us, and then through that formation of Christ in us, we would reproduce Christ in others. And then they in turn would reproduce Christ in others.
And so that you have, eventually, God’s plan I believe is this. It’s that you have a whole vast family of Sons, and that includes daughters as well, who by the Life of the Son, THE Son, in them, go out and continually reproduce Life. That’s what love is. Love reproduces itself. Love doesn’t draw in, sucking in, wanting things for its own benefit. Love goes the whole length – it dies that someone else might live! In Revelation, in the center of the Throne of the Throne of God, in the center of power, in the center of the Godhead, it says there’s a Lamb slain from the foundations of the earth. So that before there was a “sinner who sinned,” there was a Lamb slain to cover the sin. And it’s not just [about] -“sinners who sin” – it’s the Principle, the Principle of Love – [which is] that the Son continually gives His Life, that Light may come forth.
The sun in the sky is an example of this. The sun – the light and the heat from the sun, comes scientifically by hydrogen fusion, as far as I understand it – I’m no scientist. It is in a sense a “death” of certain kinds of atomic particles, that other kinds of atomic energy might come forth, which results in [the] tremendous heat and tremendous light of the sun. So that we feel it and see it and it gives life to our planet 93 million miles away. That’s some heat, and that’s some light! The light is actually what generates the heat on this planet, through friction. And all of that is an example of the love of God, how God is an outgoing force, an outgoing life, to reproduce Himself.
Now, the human race fell. We all know about Adam and Eve. They partook of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden. That is a whole other subject and perhaps we’ll talk on that one day. But the result of that [Fall] is that the entire human race became infilled, if you will, by the god of wrath, and became vessels of wrath.
God isn’t displeased with us just because we’re going out and doing bad things. What has happened to us is that we have been invaded. We have the wrong master. We have the wrong king who rules us, when we’re part of that fallen race. Through Adam, death came to all men. That is because Adam and Eve, when they took a piece of fruit, it wasn’t just a piece of fruit! It was the wrong god IN the piece of fruit, who is the god of, “I’ll be for myself, I’ll be for me!”
And so when they ingested, when they took it within themselves, that’s an example of the invasion that happened, a parable. They took it inside them. And when they took that fruit inside them, the snake was in the fruit. It’s like a worm in an apple, they swallowed the apple, but they also swallowed the worm that was in the apple. And then he became intertwined with them and they lost their consciousness – it was an unconscious consciousness that they had, because they had not yet come to a full consciousness of who they were – but they were walking around in the light of God. They had no idea of anything except provision and light and beauty and joy. They had no idea of anything negative. They didn’t know heat or cold. They didn’t know sorrow. And they didn’t [really] know joy either, really, because if you don’t know sorrow, you can’t know joy.
So there had to come some kind of experience where mankind, to be the Sons that we are, to be conscious Sons, who are conscious of Who we are and why we are, and what we’re about. There has to be this educational process where we understand the difference between joy and sorrow, we understand the difference between life and death. So, the only way we can actually know that, is to in some measure experience it ourselves. It’s like seeing a picture of the Grand Canyon, and going there. NO comparison! If you’ve been there you know what I mean. And if you haven’t been there you don’t.
I’ve been to both the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, and I’ve heard people say, “Niagara Falls is a lot like the Grand Canyon.” Niagara Falls doesn’t hold a candle to the Grand Canyon! (In my opinion, I guess other people would see differently.) Because it is such a vast thing, it cannot be captured on camera. It can’t be captured on TV; it can’t be captured in a motion picture film. You must see it yourself.
Well, this Life of God is the same way. It’s not something we just know through a book. Or from being taught in Sunday School or from hearing sermons. It’s something we must live, something we must experience. We must become one with Truth to know Truth. Truth must be intertwined with you, so that you start being who you really are. And that’s the whole purpose of this Life of God, and the redemption that Jesus Christ has accomplished for us.
Well now, getting back to what I said – the whole human race was captured, and somebody had to come along, and deliver the human race from that capture, and reconnect us to the true source of Life.
The main result of eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – the devil told them that “if you’ll eat this, you’ll become wise as gods, you’ll become like God, knowing Good and Evil.”
Well now, what is a god? A god is a self-sufficient being. A god is somebody who can do it. A god is somebody who is independent, alone, needing nothing from anyone. In fact, he kind of deserves the praise and adoration of everyone else. That’s what this kind of god does. And so, what happened in the Fall, was that every human being that came after that was a little independent godlet, in their own thinking, in their own consciousness. Now people didn’t necessarily think of themselves as gods, but that’s really what happened. Because a mentality arose of aloneness, a mentality arose of independence, in which we see ourselves as just a unitary self, not hooked up with any other self.
Union, is from the beginning – and God breathed into Adam His own breath, and Adam became a living soul, it said. And so Adam began to be alive and be a person when the breath – and the breath of God is the Spirit of God – entered into him. Adam’s life from the beginning was a union life. He wasn’t just created a solitary being on the earth, independent and alone, separate from God up here, and Adam and Eve alone down here trying to run around in the Garden and be like God Who is over there, up there, somewhere where they were not.
That only occurred in the Fall, because Adam and Eve suddenly became alone and they suddenly became scared and they suddenly realized their own nakedness, which is more than they just looked down and realized they didn’t have any clothes on, there’s a lot more involved with that. The first thing they knew was separation. They hid. They were afraid; they were guilty, and in that guilt and fear is separation they thought – apparently they didn’t really know – that before they had been united with God, because it had been an unconscious thing. His Life had been the inner Life that they were. Well, in partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which is that they could be that [the Life] themselves, which is what Lucifer had done in the eternals. In the eternities he had said – and you can see this in Isaiah chapter 14 – he said, I will be like the Most High, I will ascend above the stars. It said in Ezekiel, chapter 28, that he saw his own beauty, and he worshipped his beauty. He thought, “Man I am great! Look at this beauty that I have, the jewels, these encrustments …. ”
Well, all that came from God! It’s kind of like if the moon were a sentient being, the moon had a consciousness of its own, and the moon decided one day it didn’t need the sun, because, “Look at this light I’ve got, that I’m shining on the earth all the time! This is glorious light that I have.” And if it were possible to cut itself off from the sun, and what would happen? The moon has no light of its own. The moon is a dark mass. And what we see on the earth is the sun’s light shining on the moon, and then we see the moon!
And that is another example of Who God is. God is Light, and what He does when He shines on those things, is that He manifests, THOSE things. I don’t look up at the sky and say, “Oh look, the sun’s light united with the moon.” I’ll just say, “Oh look, the moon!” And we even call it the moon’s light – we call it moonlight in the night time.
That’s because that union happens. And the union makes us forget that it is a union. Like with a lamp – we say, “turn on the light.” Well, actually, that’s a union. It’s electricity, and the objects the electricity flows through that creates the light. But we just say, “Turn on the light.” And we look at the moon and we say, “Look at the moon,” but we’re really seeing seeing the sun and the moon in a union, the light of the sun, and the moon, in a union.
Well, that’s our life! Our life was supposed to have been from the beginning, a union of God and us, but it manifests us! You see? It’s not just that we’re manifesting God – again, going back to what I originally said – God’s plan isn’t for us all to sit around the living room and tell Him how great He is through all eternity. His plan was to shine on “us,” and bring forth – US! Parents want their kids to be successful; parents want their kids to go out into the world and reproduce, and build lives. Well, that’s what God wants of us! He wants us to manifest Him, through being ourselves. That’s what union is, where the sun shines on the moon and brings forth the moon.
But Satan thought, “Oh, I’m the moon, I’ve got my own light, and I’ll just be my own light and to heck with God. I don’t need Him!” Well, of course we know, that his light became darkness. And since his choice was an eternal choice, because he is an eternal being living only in eternity, therefore it’s irrevocable.
Well, our choice, Adam’s and Eve’s choice, was made in a temporal way, in a temporal setting, and so their choice can be reversed – up to a point. So, what happened in the whole human race when they fell was this what’s called “the old man,” that the New Testament calls the “old man,” was created, who thinks he’s “somebody,” and everybody starts living out of the force of might, after getting for themselves. It’s what we call “self-for-self,” “I’m for me and to heck with you!” God is, “I’m for you and to hell with me!” Think about that – that’s what Jesus did.
And then also this consciousness arose in the human race, that is also the result of that, which is what we call, “independent self.” It is a self which thinks, or believes or acts, as if it is independent of God. It is not; it never is.
Paul said to the Athenians who were idol worshippers, philosophers, everything but Christ, much like our world today, and he said, “In Him you live and move and have your being.” Now that doesn’t just apply to people who have been “born again,” or “accepted Christ,” that’s everybody, that’s the whole race! In fact, that’s the whole universe – [it] has its movement and being in God – where else could it? He IS the source of all existence! Everything has its source in Him.
Now because beings are able to choose for themselves what they will be, some turn that Life in them around to where they cannot perceive God, because they are in darkness. It’s like their back is turned. That’s what Satan did; he opened up that realm, the “father of lies,” a “murderer from the beginning.” He was the source and originator of all that. But, to just reiterate this last point, this point again, independent self, or the idea that I’m a “little god,” maybe not in those words, but “I’m for me,” look out for ol’ number one. That isn’t just something recent, in the past 30-40 years. That’s been the human race since Adam and Eve. “Look out for ol’ number one!”
And so, it’s pretty easy to see the development of human history, where force of arms, gaining mastery over others, has been the premier occupation of the human race – the strong to oppress the weak, the mighty, the noble, the kings of the earth, get together all this power, so that they can have people serve them. That’s the opposite of Who God is.
So there’s a “god of this world” running things. And it says, in 1 John, that the whole world lies in the lap of the wicked one. I don’t want to make too big a deal of this, the fact that he runs this world, because over and above Him is the Father, Who is above all, through all and in all. And even with the devil running this world, the Father is above that, and running everything, even the whole universe. And it says in Ephesians 1:11, that “He works all things after the counsel of His own will.” And so He lets all the beings Who make choices, make their choices, and have their consequences. But in all that, what He does, is that He works it all together for good to them who love God and to those who are called according to His purposes. So even evil, He works into His good plan.
It’s just like in Genesis 50:20, when Joseph’s brethren came to him, really scared that now that their father, Jacob, has died, that Joseph is really going to let them have it, for what they did to him, by throwing him into a pit and selling him into slavery in Egypt! And Joseph, who is also a representative or a type of Christ, forgives them, and not only that, he says, “What you did was evil, but God meant it for good.” So, they did evil, but God meant it, for good. And he said, “to save much people alive.” Isn’t that interesting? So that Joseph’s suffering eventually turned out to save the life of his family, and the entire race of Abraham. Joseph’s suffering actually caused Jacob and his brothers to come down and live in Egypt, and grow into the nation of Israel in 400 years, and leave 600,000 or maybe even a million strong, to walk across the desert to the land of Canaan, which is also another story.
What I’ve been trying to get to, in this, is an explanation of what Galatians 2:20 is about, and the first phrase that says, “I am crucified with Christ.”
What is crucified? People say, well it’s the flesh. Well, let’s understand that the flesh – it’s not the body – the flesh is this consciousness of independence, this consciousness of, “I’m just me.” And if I do relate to God at all, then I relate through, well, I’ll do things. I”ll make offerings, I’ll make sacrifices, I’ll toss a virgin into a volcano. I’ll do certain things that God will be pleased with, and then He’ll bless my crops, bless my family, give me money, whatever.
That’s a consciousness of independence. And we all are born with that and we all bring that with us into the Christian life. Because we read the scriptures that say our “old man” is dead – it says in Romans chapter 6, verse 6, “knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
Now, when we first come to Christ we don’t know we’re an “old man” and there’s a “new man.” We maybe go to class and we’re taught that, but for most of us it goes over our head. Because we are still in this old consciousness, even though we’ve been redeemed, and we HAVE been. Now, I don’t mean to say, that when we’re born again we don’t really “have it,” because He comes into us [and He’s everything!], but this is what happens. It’s a process that God takes us all through, to bring us to what we call “the end of ourselves,” that we might know that only His Life works in us, and it DOES work in us. But it takes a little bit of upset in most of our lives for us to come to that point.
I came into Christ with great fervor, with great activity, with lots of answered prayers, miracles and all that sort of thing. There was no more an excited new believer than I was. A lot of you know my story and I won’t go into all those stories right now, but I had a fall. I had a fall because one day a brother said to me, in the midst of all this excitement, “You know, you’ve really got to straighten out your life, to be more pleasing to God.” Or something to that effect that he said.
And, I bought it! You see, I’d been living in this magnificent grace, “O hallelujah hallelujah, Jesus has saved me, I’m born again – I never knew! I fought it for a long long time, I mean when I came to Christ, I mean the scales just fell from my eyes like they did from Paul’s.
I was “hallelujah brother.” I had a Volkswagen bus and I went and bought bumper stickers and covered it from head to toe, front to back, top to bottom, with bumper stickers about Jesus. I bought New Testaments to give out to people.
I did a lot of things like that. I did a lot of crazy things – I walked into a yoga ashram and gave out New Testaments to all these people. I had no fear. Until that brother said that to me – it was several months into a year or so or however long it was, into the Christian life. Everything is hallelujah hallelujah praise the Lord, this is wonderful … and then he said, “You know everything about you is not perfect, and you’ve really got to work on this, work on this, work on this, to be more pleasing to God.” And I bought it. And what I didn’t realize – and again, this is not to do with “me,” this is the plan of the Spirit, and God takes us, almost all of us this way. Maybe some of us he doesn’t – you know, my experience doesn’t have to be your experience, but the principles are basically the same in the way that God takes us.
I “fell” then, and I liken it to when the children of Israel, who were confronted with the Law by Moses at Sinai. Moses brought down the tablets of the Law, the second time, and he read the Law to the people, and he told them the blessings and the curses – “if you do it, you’re blessed, if you don’t do it, you are cursed,” and then he said, “Alright, what y’all gonna do?” The people said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” They said that in unison. “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”
Well, guess what? I said that! I said, “Alright, that’s what I’m gonna do, yeah alright, I’ve gotta go on a course of self-improvement, to be more pleasing to God, to get closer to God, to pray more, to love more, to listen more, to be appreciative of others more, to esteem – all the “commandments” of the New Testament suddenly became things I had to do, that I had to tack onto my life. Now some escape that, but most don’t. Most look at all that stuff [commandments and admonitions in the New Testament] and think, “Oh, I’ve got to be that!”
And so that begins a process, and I call it a wilderness, but eventually we come to a consciousness. And the consciousness is to realize what Romans 6 says. The way we realize it is we go through Romans 7, but I’m not going to talk about that today, because I’m supposed to be talking about Galatians 2:20. But the thing is, is that we realize that this old self – we come to a knowledge and an understanding of what that old self was by a revelation of the Spirit, “Oh … I’m not that! Oh … I’m not this old self.” You see, we still think we’re selfish. We think that “I’m a something” and I’ve got to have God give me stuff or make me different, change me, do this or do that, because I still FEEL like I used to feel. I still have selfish thoughts. I still have “wrong” thoughts. I still have “lustful” thoughts, or I might have a desire that I think I shouldn’t have. All this stuff keeps rumbling around in my humanity, and so I wrongly think, that I’m a wrong kind of self, because all that stuff is still there. All that stuff I thought, God had forgiven me of, He had forgiven me, but a lot of it is still churning around in there, and everything that I do doesn’t seem to be perfect. Everything I do just seems “not quite there.” And condemnation began to set in.
But what happens one day is we come to an understanding – I’m going to skip over a lot of this because I want to get to Galatians 2:20 – we come to an understanding that that old me that used to be, the primary thing that I was, or that I thought I was – I never was really this, you have to understand, there is no such thing as independent self! You see, because we were run from within by the god of this world before we were born again. And when we’re born again, the god of this world is kicked out of us, and the God of heaven and earth and all things, comes to live in us, the Triune God, Father Son and Holy Spirit come to live in us in their different functions. And we have a heaven within that we really don’t know is there. It takes a while for the crustiness of who we were to be burned off. This is God’s plan.
What has really happened is that this old man that we were, this “man of sin,” is crucified. And how is it crucified? Jesus Christ – we know about His blood and that it cleansed us from sin. His blood took care of the problem of sins, the things that we had done, our guilts, our past, the things that bother us, the things we’ve done to hurt other people, the things we’ve done to hurt ourselves, our failures of love. All of these things are forgiven in Him and cleansed, made completely new, as if I’m an innocent new-born babe all over again, in His blood. And not only does He remove the effects and the penalty for sins, through His blood, but He takes away the consciousness of sins in His blood. We have no more sin consciousness. His blood makes us clean new-born babes – we become innocent again!
I have a little 6 year old grandson [almost 11 now], who is a wonderfully kind, tender little boy, who at this point is very innocent, and he’s seen a lot in his life to make him not innocent, but somehow he has still retained his innocence. I know one day that innocence is going to be … tainted, and I’ll be sad about it, but I’ll know it’s God’s way to bring him through eventually to knowing who he is in Christ. I see that innocence in little children. That’s the innocence that returns to us through the blood of Jesus.
But in the body of Jesus, it is something entirely different. When the body of Jesus was crucified, and He died, His spirit separated – when you die, the spirit leaves the body – and it says in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 – and this is an absolute key to understanding this – it says in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 that He, meaning God the Father, made Him, Jesus, Who knew no sin, “to BE sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Now, Jesus became “SIN” on the Cross, in other words, He took into Himself not just our sins that we had committed, but the SIN that had caused them! And “SIN” is, the person of Satan. Lucifer is the source of Sin. He IS “Sin,” and he produces “sins.” As He said to the Pharisees in John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and his lusts do you do.”
So, Lucifer is Sin; he is the originator of Sin and he is Mr. Sin, and Sin Personified! And He [Jesus] took that into Himself – I don’t know, I don’t understand it, I’m not trying to say that I understand the depths of that because I don’t. Only Jesus Christ could do that. Only Jesus Christ, because of Who He was, could take that into Himself, to take all of Sin into Himself, all that came upon us, and experience the full wrath of God on Himself, which is what Satan is – he is the wrath of God. He opened up the wrath of God.
There is no wrath of God except in darkness, except in a wrong relationship – it’s like the sun – the sun doesn’t change. If you are in a wrong relationship to the sun, you’re too close to it, or you go out, and you have fair skin like I do, and you stay out too long in it, that’s a wrong relationship to the sun, and I feel the effects of its burning. And so, that is in a sense, its wrath. It’s not that the sun has a “wrath” – the sun just shines – and you’re either in a right relationship or a wrong relationship to it. The right relationship determines whether you are in joy, or the wrong relationship determines whether you are in wrath.
The “wrath of God” was opened by Satan and that “wrath” came into Jesus and He took it into Himself, and overcame it. He took the full measure of all that was in us, and was coming to us, and would have come to us, and He took the full measure of that and overcame it, and died to it. So that when Sin left Him, it left us! So that not only were our sins forgiven, but Sin itself was removed from us. From our inner spirit. He kicked out the god of wrath; He kicked out the god of self-for-self, and came to live in us, and dwell in us, by His Holy Spirit, whose job among many, is to reveal Christ. And He reveals Christ, first to us, then for us, then in us, and then finally, as us.
The Holy Spirit does all that. And all that comes about through the fact that Jesus was made Sin for us, and took sin into Himself, that we might become the righteousness of God. So if you’re born again, you ARE the righteousness of God! There’s no doubt about it! Because the righteousness of God lives in you! You don’t have your own righteousness, do you? Of course not! Paul said I thought I had my own righteousness, but I found out it was dung! And we all know what dung is, and we know the slang for it, well, that’s what Paul was saying, “It’s dung!” I don’t have any righteousness of my own. I have no self-ability to be pleasing to God. I have no self-ability to do anything! Except, to receive Him, that’s the only thing I can do, is to receive. And receiving is an activity of faith – in fact, that IS what the one human capacity is, is faith, or reception. Just open yourself up and say, “Oh, I receive that, or I’ll take that.” That’s what faith is – it’s all it is. You just see what God says, and you say, “Oh, ok, I’ll take that.”
So, that’s what happened. “I am crucified with Him.” When I am crucified with Him, the “I” that was crucified, is this false “I” that thinks it’s God Himself, that thinks it can do things to please God, that thinks it can get for itself, or have for itself. Or – that’s the negative side of that “I” – the so called “I’ll be holy” side is really just a fake holiness, because you think you’re taking holiness into yourself and you’re “becoming holy.”
You see, I used to pray for the Lord to “make me spiritual.” I wanted to be “spiritual” so I could be a little more along than my brothers. I mean that’s part of it. That “I” is really subtle. It wants to attain, so that it will be something.
Well, Galatians says a man who thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he’s a fool, he fools himself. There is no such thing as a “something,” except God! We’re not “good.” Everybody thinks Jesus was really “good,” but when people came up to Him and said, “Good master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good. There is NONE good, except God!
So even Jesus, the Son of God, did not recognize an inherent “goodness” in Himself. He only recognized the goodness of God that dwelled in Him. That’s the difference.
Before, we have this breaking of this false consciousness of independence, where we think God is giving us stuff, and making “something” out of us – He’s making me holy; He’s making me loving. He is giving me things that I am then utilizing. I ask for love so I get the love and I’m supposed to apply it. I ask for wisdom so I get the wisdom, it becomes part of me, and I’m supposed to do things with it. It’s a whole different ballgame when you realize you don’t have any of that and you’re never going to get any of that. The whole lot belongs to God. It’s all God – it’s all Christ. It all belongs to Him and it always does belong to Him. And you have to die to any idea of thinking that that’s going to be added to you and make you something, because it’s never going to happen.
Well, that’s what’s crucified. That whole thought process, that we become anything, that we are anything. The real truth of the matter is, is that we’re not made to become anything – we’re made to contain Someone, and reflect Someone, and shine forth with the Light of Another! Just like the moon and the sun. The moon was created – it works out, that it shines with the light of the sun on the face of the earth, so that we see this light in the night, that does not have its own light. That’s the brightest thing in the sky.
That’s who we are; we’re like a moon, we’re like a dark body that has no light of its own. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world,” He said that in the gospel of John. But in the synoptic gospels, He says, “You are the light of the world.” Well, which is it? Well, we ARE the light of the world when we shine with His light. It’s not our light, but – it gets to be us.
Ok, back to Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ.” Ok, but now we’ve risen. Well, Romans 6 says that, too. “The body of sin” – that’s that false consciousness of self – “has been destroyed,” and then he says in verse 8, “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.” So what has happened is that the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, has entered into us and raised us from the dead.
Now this is another very interesting thing. The whole church is all about, and rightly so, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But I find so few understand the purpose of that. Jesus didn’t rise just so we could say, “O, Jesus rose,” and all have a big Sunday morning service and talk about Jesus rising.
Jesus rose that we might rise! Jesus rose to newness of life by the power of the Spirit of the Father, that that same life might enter into us, through His death and resurrection, and raise US to newness of Life!
That was His purpose – let’s receive it! Let’s not always just be thinking about Jesus of Nazareth 2,000 years ago, and be as the lady I heard on TV one time say, “Oh, I wish it was Bible days! I wish I lived in Bible days.” I wanted to reach in that TV and say, “Lady, you ARE living in Bible days! The God of the Bible lives in you right now!” Bible days are always, because the God of the Bible is the God of the Living, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He’s alive today, right now, in you and in me. And He is JUST as alive, and JUST as mighty and JUST as real as He was to those children of Israel in the desert, or as He was to those people on the mountain when Jesus preached His sermons. It’s the same God, today, yesterday, and forever!
And that’s what we’ve got to understand – Jesus died and rose again to accomplish this very thing in us, what the effect of Galatians 2:20 is. He says, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live.” but what’s happened in that “raising?” Something new has occurred in that raising. When he says, “nevertheless I live,” then he immediately corrects himself and says, “Yet not I, but Christ lives in me.”
Now, what he is saying is, I’m not living as a separate entity anymore. What’s happened now, is that this new life has come alive in me, the Life of Christ. And Christ …. it’s not … please understand what I’m saying, I’m not separating Jesus and Christ, because they never can be separated, but it’s not really “Jesus” living in me, because He has come to live in me, in my life! So that, the world sees Fred, or the world sees Bob, or the world sees Jill or Julie. It is “Jesus” reproduced, but He’s reproduced AS those human beings. So that each and every son of God is individual and distinct in themselves, and yet all of the same Spirit, all of the same Person, living and manifesting in each of them, all different, all having different points of view, different likes and dislikes, seeing different facets of the Truth, different functions – one a hand, one a foot, one an eye, one a mouth …
All of these things make up the whole body, and each is individually Christ manifesting, and the whole is Christ manifesting. So that it’s both corporate and individual. People get into arguments over, “Well, you can’t really talk about an individual being just Christ because it’s the whole body, and visa versa.”
But, it’s both! You know, I walk around, and it’s Christ walking around in me, and when I speak He’s speaking, and when I walk He’s walking. But when the Body functions together it’s ALL of us functioning together, and it’s all HE! You can’t separate it. You can’t say one is not the other. (I’m not sure if that phrase is right, but I hope you get my point.)
Christ lives in me, yet not I, but Christ lives in me. What’s happened is, that union reality that was put into Adam and Eve that they were unconscious of, now becomes conscious in us! Because that is what it’s all about.
As I said earlier, God wants sons who are conscious of who they are, conscious of why they are, conscious of what they do and where they are going. So He wants us to understand. He wants to bring us to fullness of understanding. We’re not going to get it all in this life, we’re not going to see it all. As my friend Norman Grubb used to say, “We just have the tip of our big toe in the vast ocean which is God.”
And so, that’s ok! Let’s just give what we’ve got! Let’s just work with what we’ve got, and believe me, it’s plenty! Because we’re living and moving and having our breath and our life and our heart and our soul in the Living God. And He is manifesting His Life by us, even whether we know it or not. But how wonderful it is to come to a consciousness of the fact that, “Hey, this is God functioning in this funny little thing called me.”
Well, “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me,” that’s the point. It’s not I – but it’s Christ – but it’s a union. It’s He and I – it says in 1 Corinthians 6:17, Paul says, “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Now, if you go and read that passage, you’ll see that it’s actually – the context of the passage is Paul talking about people joining themselves to harlots, and through their sexual union, they become one flesh with the harlot. And then he says that, “he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit” – he’s making a point. One flesh is one flesh, and in the same way you’re one flesh, you’re one spirit with God.
Also in Ephesians chapter 5, he talks about the man and a woman – man and woman leave their families and become united in marriage and they become one flesh. He says this is a great mystery, “but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
We are called “the Body of Christ” – that is very literal! That is not just figurative. You are the actual physical body of Christ walking around in the earth. We are that collectively, and we are that individually.
The union has been restored through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because He took the old god – we were filled with an old god – we were all vessels of wrath – we were all the children of wrath – we were all filled with the “prince of the power of the air” and we did his lusts. That was what we did in our former lives. We didn’t know it, we were unconscious of it, because he hides himself. The world thinks its silly, to believe in the devil, and so do a lot of Christians. But, that’s nevertheless the truth.
But He kicked him out. Jesus did, when He came into us. When He died and resurrected. When He died, the devil left, and when He resurrected, the Spirit of the Father came into Him and raised Him up, and then the same thing happens in us. The Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Father, the Holy Spirit – you can’t separate God from God, where One is, the Other is, and so the whole Trinity comes to live in us. In their various functions.
We are able to, within us, hear the mind of Christ, which is the mind of the Father. We’re able to, within us, to know the depths, and breadth, and height of God, and to know His love. Through the Holy Spirit it flows out of us. Jesus said, “He who believes, out of his belly, his innermost being, shall flow rivers of living water.” Just believe!
He didn’t say go to school long enough, study enough, memorize enough scripture, learn enough doctrines, hear enough sermons, do enough good deeds … He says, “Believe! And out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water!” It’s not your job to make that happen. God makes it happen. You just believe, and He makes it happen. And believing is as simple as, “Ok, Lord, I’ll take that.”
One of my favorite examples of the simplicity of faith, is the “I do,” in a marriage ceremony. When two people stand before a minister, and he leads them in vows, and when they say, “I do,” and when the minister pronounces them man and wife, then they’re married. Now, they may have none of the evidence of marriage. They may have none of the accoutrements, and they don’t have a life [yet] that exhibits marriage, but they’re married! Just the “word,” makes them married.
And the “word,” just the word of agreement, causes the inflow of God into you, and the outflow of God out of you. Just by a word of agreement. My favorite scripture that illustrates this, is when the angel Gabriel came to Mary to announce that she was going to be the mother of the Lord. And, first she says – her mind clicks in, her natural mind – “How can this be, since I’ve never been with a man?” And Gabriel says the Holy Spirit will overshadow you, and that which is born of you will be the Savior. So Mary’s response to that is, “Be it unto me according to your word.” So she just took it – she just accepted it.
Alright, here it is, folks. This thing that Mary said to the angel Gabriel, is all we say, too. We just say, when we realize that, “Oh, it’s no longer I who is living, but it’s Christ who is living in me, it’s simply by a word of acceptance – “Oh! Oh! Well be it unto me according to this word. A word of acceptance – I’ll take that! That is true about “me.” It is by that word of acceptance that allows the work of God to begin to churn and to flow in us. All of these things come about by a word. “Let there be light,” and light IS!
“Let there be …” It’s not an, “Ooooh, you gotta make it happen.” It’s, “Ok, Lord, I’ll take you at Your Word. Doesn’t look like it, it doesn’t feel like it – I don’t see how this life that I am living right now could be You living living in me.”
But Paul then goes on to say, that “the life that I now live, that I, I Paul, now live, in the flesh – walking around IN THE FLESH – everybody’s so scared of the flesh – “Oooo, the flesh is gonna get ya!” In other places He says that “my flesh” manifests Christ, that He might be manifest in my mortal flesh. And Jesus was God in the flesh!
So yeah, there’s “bad” flesh, and there’s an understanding about flesh, and it has to do with that independence – every time we believe we’re somebody and we gotta do it ourselves – whoa! – the flesh rises up! That’s what that “bad” definition of flesh is all about.
But, just the fact that we walk around – we are flesh and God lives in our flesh and He manifests in our flesh. In our mortal flesh, it says in the scripture, and mortal means dying! So even though these bodies are not the new bodies that we’re going to get one day in the Resurrection, and I believe in that – even though these bodies are mortal and decaying and perishing day by day as Paul says, nevertheless, Christ is manifest in them! And you can walk around believing that and being it, simply by your word of acceptance. It’s not something you make happen, it’s something that is happening, because God is the One Who is doing it. And we don’t judge it. We’re not made to judge God’s work, we’re simply made to believe it.
That’s the simplicity of this life, the ease of faith. The “ease of faith” is to say, “Ok, Lord, I’ll take you at Your Word. I am crucified with Christ, that old me that was, is gone. Nevertheless I live – I’ve risen again, but wait, it’s not just me, it’s YOU living in me now!”
And make that a total you, and make that a Total Christ living in you. Christ doesn’t come into just – you know, I used to hear these people teach about well, when Christ comes into you, it’s like there’s a bunch of rooms, and you have to “let Him” in each room, and He’s got to clean out this room, and clean out that one. Well, I don’t know of anybody who buys a house who doesn’t own the whole house. He may not get to every room right off, but it’s the new owner’s job to get to the rooms. And the old owner is gone – he doesn’t have anything to do with it. And the house is just the house and it just sits there, and has to wait to become what it becomes.
Now, Christ has moved into our WHOLE house! And the whole house is US! He made us, and we were stolen away from Him, and now He’s come back, and He’s taken up rightful possession of that which is His, which is US! And He’s taken up possession of the WHOLE of us!
Spirit, soul, body! Your psychology, and your emotions, and your reason, that’s your soulish part of you, He’s taken over that, bad psychology and all! Foibles and all! Crazy things and all! If you “blink a lot,” that’s Christ in you, taking that over! Accept it, praise Him for it! Praise Him for your whole life! Praise Him for everything! Praise Him for the things which you think are your liabilities or your weaknesses, and the things that you fall and stumble on. Praise Him for those things!
Say, “Lord, You’ve got that! There’s nothing I can do about it, anyway. You’ve got it – I’ve tried and tried and tried to quit being like that, but I give it to You and I’ll just say, ‘It’s Yours, Lord, do with it what you please!’ And I’ll say it’s the glory of God.”
BE BOLD! Let us come BOLDLY before the Throne of Grace! That’s what Galatians 2:20 is all about. He that believeth, out of his belly shall flow RIVERS!!!!
That’s Who we are, rivers of Living Water, be bold, claim it, believe it, walk it, YOU ARE IT! You are HE living in your form in this world.