I am crucified with Christ

Theory

I mentioned crucified with Christ a few days ago. Here's the rest of the story. God originally made us in His image and likeness. After Adam fell, all of his children were born in Adam's fallen image and likeness. Our fallen image cannot be repaired. Or maybe it is better to say that God has chosen not to repair us. God's plan for us is crucifixion - and resurrection. Only after our fallen self is crucified, can Christ be resurrected in our heart. This is what it means 'Christ-in-you'.

For some people, this passage seems to be effortless. They willingly go to the cross, suffer their 'death' with grace in silence, and re-emerge full of God's Light.. For other people the transition is more dramatic. John of the Cross outlined this passage in his book 'Dark Night of the Soul'. He divides our crucifixion into two stages.

In the dark night of the soul, our attachments to the world are crucified. These are the things in the world that you love more than God, the things you take pride in, the things of the world that you use to establish your identity. This may include your job, your bank account, your possessions, your leadership position, your wonderful sports performance - anything you use to exalt yourself or to lord over other people. Crucified is not fun. You see it when preachers fall in disgrace. You see it in the story of King David, when his son Absalom usurped the throne. You see it in the story of Job, when all his earthly possessions were destroyed. It is usually a time of loss and depression and alienation. Our friends turn away and abandon us. God crucifies our pride and teaches us humility.

The dark night of the spirit is when our spiritual attachments are crucified. These are the spiritual props we use to establish our place and to exalt ourselves over others. Pride is the main issue, but it may include our dependence on spirits other than God Himself (read angels or saints). If the dark night of the soul is painful, the dark night of the spirit can be terrifying. It appears as if God has abandoned us forever in great darkness and no longer hears our prayers.. This is why, when Jesus suffered for us, he sweated great drops of blood the night before he was crucified; He knew what was coming. This is not fun. God teaches us spiritual humility.

The good news is that after these experiences, we re-emerge as God originally created us - in His image and likeness; full of His Love, Joy, and Peace. Exalting only Him. Forever. Continually. All the time.

Practice

Find a quiet place. Open your heart and your spirit to the Lord. Offer yourself to Him. Abandon everything you are to Him. Tell him the only thing you desire is Him. Wait for His answer.

Foundation

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:

Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

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.