Memory Verse Monday – Week 4
Memory Verse Monday – Week 4
Hope you are as happy as me for all the verses we’ve been memorizing since the beginning of this year. If you are new to this challenge, be sure to sign up below and get started on your memory verse goals. We are aiming to memorize 52 verses by the end of 2017 and that is just one verse every week, not hard! There is an exclusive bonus for subscribers, so you better sign up!
This week’s verse is from Galatians.
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
Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians, defending his apostleship, defending the ONE gospel and explaining to them that the one gospel consisted of justification by faith in Christ and not by keeping the law. Fruits of course are essential as a result of salvation, but they are definitely not the cause for our salvation. The equation is simple and straightforward. Faith = Salvation. No additions and no subtractions.
That doesn’t exclude us from the responsibility of a holy life God has called us to live. Nor is it a ticket to a wishful and sinful life. Paul himself, after explaining grace and the freedom from the bondage of law, goes on to tell that we have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer the law that weighs us down, but the love of God, on the cross that keeps us going. When we put our faith in the dead and risen Savior, our old selves are dead and we become a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
What then do we do with this new found life? We are supposed to live a life by faith and work out the fruit of the spirit in our lives. Not some legalistic rituals that will save us, but because Christ died, we can live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him (Romans 12:1)
Now that we have the context and understanding of the verse, let’s go ahead and memorize it. It is a powerful verse to memorize and repeat to ourselves, because it is a reminder of how we are supposed to live in light of what Christ has done for us on the cross. This verse can be split into facts and consequences, but not in the same order.
As you can see, it’s not in a sequential order. Fact, consequence, consequence and then fact. (It also depends on the version you use.) However, the facts and consequence remain the same. The fact is that the Son of God loved me and gave himself for me and when I put my faith in Him, it means I have been crucified with Christ. The consequences of this is that I no longer live, but Christ lives in me and the life I now live, I live by faith. As you put these words to memory, keep this info-graphic in mind and I hope it helps you.
Now that we have learnt 4 verse, we need to make sure we remember all 4 of them so we can keep adding verses in the coming weeks. The way to do that is by repetition. Repeat the 4 verses whenever you get a chance. When you are driving, doing the dishes, waiting in line. Keep repeating the verses and you will never forget them.
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Have you taken the challenge and memorized any or all 4 verses this year? Hit reply and let me know!
This post is linked with Inspire Me Monday.