Not I, but Christ – the Christian’s Entitlement


Entitlement – such a hot topic in this day – everyone has rights to do as they wish with responsibility to no one, but for the Christian we can look at it from Paul’s perspective in Galatians 2:20. “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 the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” From this verse, entitlement for the Christian can be summed up in two phrases. First, I am crucified with Christ; secondly, yet not I, but Christ. That’s our entitlement – Christ who gave himself for me. We are not our own, we are bought with a price and can only glory in the cross of Christ. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Galatians 6:14a. Job and Joseph displayed this character in their lives when they encountered adversity. Job’s wife said curse God and die – his response was “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:10b). Joseph’s response to his brothers was “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good,” (Genesis 50:20a). Our entitlement – Not I, but Christ!


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