5th May 2018

A Good Person To Have Faith In

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)

Rosemary Gent’s Day by Day on April 11th led to some thought provoking conversation in the Royle household – thank you Rosemary!

Often times I use the scripture from the Day by Day as a discussion point with my children before bedtime prayers.   It always amazes me how much punch a single scripture can have when you start dissecting it with a 6 and 8 year old. I am also always amazed at the different ways we can all interpret the same scripture. Here is their insight, my questions in italic and their responses (in brief – we often go off topic; lego, fluffy toys and what we had for dinner have a tendency to interrupt flow of thought) are in bold:

Paul was a follower of Christ. What do you think he means when he says ‘I have been crucified with Christ?’
Christ’s crucifixion was so terrible – to hear about it, to think what he went through, to see it even; it makes you feel like you are dying.

What about when he says ‘It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.”
Because of the crucifixion – if Christ can’t live in me I can’t live because I died in the crucifixion too.

What does it mean when he says ‘I live by faith in the son of God.’
It means all of his faith is in Jesus – he places his faith nowhere else.

Why do you think it is important that he says that this Son of God, in whom he places his faith, loved him and gave himself for him?
Because that is a good person to have faith in. There’d be no point in having faith in someone who didn’t care for you because you’d mean nothing to them –there’d be nothing to have faith in.

I thank God for the Bible. I thank God for conversation, with children and adults alike; I thank God for different perspectives to help enlighten me to a further understanding of the scriptures. I can read the Bible’s scriptures endlessly and still have more to learn. Praise be to God!

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us so much that you were crucified for us. Thank you that because of your great love for us we can always have faith in you. Thank you for the glory of our father in heaven and that we still have so much to learn. You are a great, great God.
Amen

Study by Simone Royle

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About the Author:
Simone Royle attends the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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