Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-28
--law is out as a justifying thing, don’t bring it back.
For I through the law am dead [died] to the law, that I might live unto God.
Through the law—Law condemns me as all it does is show I sinned and the wages of sin is death.
Died to law—no longer where Paul looks for life, done with it, unlike Peter who fell back into that way of thinking.
Live unto God—so if Paul isn’t living for law, what is he living for? What consumes his life, what sphere of existence does he live in?
Galatains 2:20—Romans 6 for more detail
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by [in] the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Crucified with Christ—3:13 cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree. When I died with Christ I died to the law.
nevertheless I live—still alive in the body, but dead with Christ and raised up with Christ to new life, not external law life, internal, life transforming life.
Yet not I—it is now Christ in me, I am no longer the center of my life as I was in unbelief, but now in faith, Christ is the center of what drives my life. Christ is the fountain of life in me, not sin or me.
This is not some cutesy statement; this means actual, literal, life changing things.
Galatians 5:22-26—before this is a list of what the flesh does
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
--fruit of the Spirit are not possible if focused on external measure/comparison.
They that are Christ’s—possessive, those who belong to Him.
Have crucified the flesh—it’s done,
Affections—passions that afflict you often stirred up by the law. A word of suffering. Lusts—longings, desires.
Live walk in Spirit—since this is your principle of life, adapt your conduct to it.
Walk—march in formation, fall in line, to go to battle.
Desirous of vain glory—reputation, external displays for attention. Live for esteem of others.
Provoking—calling forth, challenging, Envying—jealousy, externally wanting to be like the better person.
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Fair shew—put on display, show off, make a good apeparance. In the flesh—in externals.
Suffer persecution—preaching the cross would get Jews mad at you, so they would stick with the law to avoid trouble.
Glory in your flesh—boast in your ceremonial conformity. They have you as a follower and everyone can see it.
The world is crucified--Legal and fleshly ordinances are merely outward, and “elements of the world”
And I unto the world--I am dead to all worldly pursuits, cares, desires, and enjoyments.
Philippians 3—count all past life as dung to pursue Christ.