To be crucified with Him means denying myself and giving up my own will, my own lusts and desires. These are enemies because they tempt us to act contrary to ... of the cross of Christ if I won’t take up my own cross and crucify my own flesh with its passions and desires; that is, if I myself am not willing to be crucified with Him. Peter was shocked and upset by all Jesus had said and took Him aside and began to rebuke the Lord, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! But why would I not be willing to give these things up? We are called to a heavenly walk of holy watchfulness that is pleasing to the Lord and honours His name. Terms of Use: Apart from personal use, reproduction or redistribution of material from the ActiveChristianity website for use elsewhere is not permitted without prior written permission. Usually, it isn’t the knowledge that Christ was crucified for us on Calvary that people are enemies of. Keep me from falling into the old, fleshly ways, and may I learn to walk in spirit and truth, to Your praise and glory. I may be readily willing to agree that Christ died for me on the cross, but do I acknowledge that I too must die—a death to the lusts of the flesh? All unbelievers are at enmity with God, but sadly there are some Christians who do not walk in spirit and truth, and who try to live according to their own righteousness, who are also against Christ - and Paul labelled these people as, "enemies of the cross of Christ.". Philippians 3:18-20 New International Version (NIV) 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. To those who love the cross it is written: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3. Because the purpose of the cross is to crucify self-life – my own will, my ego, my lusts. But on the other hand, I can humble myself, bow down and submit my will to God, so that I do His will instead of seeking my own. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. ", He had often told these Philippian believers of the increasing numbers, who were falling from grace, and not walking in the way of righteousness. Philippians 3:18. “But God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ. So let’s love the cross and the powerful, regenerating work that it does in us! Interested in reading more? (Romans 8:29.) What does it mean to take up your cross daily? ALL unbelievers are against Christ. By the cross I am always delivering my passions and desires into death. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. This is the most exciting life imaginable! It isn’t the knowledge that Christ was crucified for us that people are enemies of; it isn’t the physical cross on Calvary. However, when fleshly pursuits impinge on our walk of faith, when our will rather that God's will is the focus of our life, or works of the Law are substituted for a life of trust, the shocking truth is that we find ourselves out of fellowship with the Lord, and labelled as enemies of the One Who bought us with His own blood. © foundation, Most often when a Christian refers to his or her “enemies” they are speaking about the sin in their flesh and the temptations and lusts that arise from there. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] After making an appeal for his readers to follow his good example, and the example of other Christians, Paul's reference to those who chose a darker path is highly emotional. Apparently, the many … (2 Corinthians 4:11.). ", During His earthly walk, Jesus reminded His followers that either we are for Him or we are against Him.