I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life 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 ESV).
Sometimes retreat is the worse thing to do. Although Cortes did not actually burn his ships upon arriving in the New World, he did have them disabled. There was no going back for the six hundred men who were sent to conquer the land for Spain. With no way to retreat to Spain, the men had no choice but to go forward.
Likewise, for the apostle Paul, there is no turning back. He will not “rebuild what I tore down” (Gal. 2:18 ESV), which means that he cannot go back to any thought that righteousness comes through obedience to the Law. He has trusted Jesus Christ for his salvation and to trust anything else would “nullify the grace of God” (Gal 2:21). To trust anything else for righteousness would make what Jesus did meaningless and ineffective. Now that he knows the truth, Paul cannot return to a lie. Therefore, Paul announces that he has been crucified. The old man has come to an end and there is no turning back. He has been born again, and he now lives by faith in the Son of God. There was no retreat possible for Paul.
There is no turning back. Do not reject what Jesus has done for you by attempting to live your old life. You have been bought with a price and have been born again. Live by faith in Christ Jesus. Do not retreat from the life of faith but move forward by trusting Christ at every step of the journey. Be crucified with Christ so that the old you cannot come back.
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