I have been crucified with Christ

 

Fr. MattaEl-Meskeen

 

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, bur 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).

 

There exists a Divine saying that: “if One died for all, then all died” (2Cor 5:14).This is God’s miracle perpetrated in Christ through Christ’s obedience, incarnation, and acceptance of death as a sinner, though He was pure and holy, which made His son’s death a redemption for whoever believed in it. The apostle Paul here proclaims based on this Divine truth that he was crucified with Christ and thus necessarily died through Christ’s death, rose through His resurrection, meaning he became alive through His life, so that his living is in Christ’s living: “because I live, you will live also” (Jon 14:19), Christ is alive in him. This Divine truth was the Father’s purpose since the beginning till God’s Son became incarnated fulfilling the Father’s purpose that all should accept Christ’s life and thus Christ is alive in all. Or rather that all should be alive in God after they have been dead through sins and transgression. Christ took on the body that is ours with its sins and transgressions, and gave us His body resurrected from death and alive through God.

 

If we live now in body it is through the grace of faith that we live, not that we live through ourselves, but our life is the life of Christ in us by the love and sacrifice we cannot fathom because it surpasses the limits of our nature. This reveals how God created us a new creation in accordance to the measure of his will in us since the beginning. The Bible says, “Where is boasting then?” All the boasting is thus through God and in God who transported us from the darkness of the first creation to His light in the new creation, from the suffering on earth to the joy of the Kingdom of His beloved Son.

 

Since the beginning God’s will was to provide the creation of mankind that is in His image, a joyful life with Him. Thus was His only Son’s journey from the Paternal arms in Highest glory to earth’s misery, to share with man his life’s shame and death on the journey to eternity. Because we gained in it the Father’s kingdom inheriting Christ and His Father’s love for Him as the Father’s love for the Son reflected equally on us, “that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (Jon 17:26) It is attributable to the Father’s love of the Son and our equality in the Father’s love with Christ.

 

Christ’s sacrifice of Himself was a redeeming sacrifice, death as a replacement for death. The wonder of this sacrifice is that it was offered to all mankind as individuals. So that every man must know and confess that Christ sacrificed Himself a total fulfilling sacrifice for his sake. Nothing remains for Christ for Himself of the sacrifice, as it is a redeeming sacrifice. The Father’s pleasure was unimaginable when His Son fulfilled death and resurrection for our sakes, in fulfillment of the eternal Father’s desire before the foundation of the world. It was a secret dependent on completely concealing it from the heavenly assembly of angels, head angels, and heavenly hosts. They are still looking forward to the accomplishment of the day of redemption for man to reveal the mystery of eternity with the Father. The Bible also declares that the Church will accomplish this task when it rises to be in the sphere of the heavenly creation making known to the heavenly creation the mystery of the Son’s sacrifice concerning His incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension, because it is all hidden from their knowledge (See Eph 3:9-11).

 

The heavenly creation will then share the joy of salvation that has become mankind’s. It will also join in worshipping the Son with the twenty-four priests that are ready for the moment of revelation and the appearance of the Son openly, and His victorious entrance to His Kingdom followed by His army of the faithful, hailing the glory of God and the Lamb.

 

          Life with Christ, Chapter 22 , 19 June, 2005                   

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

The English Section:

 

The First Article is, “The Christ In His Ascension”byMetropolitan George Khodr.  The article presents the deep mystical understanding of Christ’s Ascension to the heaven as indicated in the New Testament.    

The Second Article is “The Processions of Palm Sunday by Rodolph Yanney, M. D. The writer explains the Palm Sunday Processions in the light of the Prophecies of the OT, Jewish traditions and their fulfillments and applications in the NT and the Liturgy.

The Third Article, is, “The Letter To The Galatians (3)”. This article discusses the conversion of Saint Paulthe persecutor and his new attitude to the Law.

The Fourth Article is,The Last Thingsby H.H. Kallistos Ware, Bishop of Diokleia. The Article discuses the Christian understanding of Hell & Heaven and the Second coming of Christ “The Parousia”.

 

The Arabic Section:

      The First Article: “Christ is Risen” by the Late Dr. Guirguis A. Ibrahim“, presents reflections on Christ Resurrection. The article is excerpted from his book, “Commentary on The Gospel of John”.  

The Second Article is “The Timings of the Passion of Christ And His Resurrection Related to the Paschal Jewish Feastby Fouad N. Youssef. This article shows the ties between the Christian Paschal week actions and their timings, and the Jewish tradition during the Passover. 

The Third Article is "Christ The Teacherby George Awad, Ph.D. This is the first part of a new series under the above title. Christ as a teacher and the characters and the effects of his teachings as presented in the Bible are the subject of this study 

The Fourth article is “The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit & The Unity Of The Churchby Said Hakim, Ph.D. In this article the writer explain how the gifts of the Holy Spirit are the source of unity of the Church through all the differences of the members.

The Fifth article is “The Coptic Lectionary (11)”, by Fouad N. Youssef. In this issue we present the readings of the last month of the Coptic Year “Mesra”. Therefore, we have completed this study which may be later collected in a book.  

Farewell, Fr. Antonious Amin by Fouad N. Youssef

 

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