THE WORLD CRUCIFIED TO ME
BY: RAY PRINZING
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." (Galatians 6::14)
There is a sense that in Christ the whole world, kosmos, present arrangement, was hung on the cross with Him. His death spelled out the death of the whole present realm. He purposed to bring forth a new heaven and a new earth "wherein dwelleth righteousness." No wonder the unregenerate man is frustrated in his seeing for worldly satisfaction. The cross is reaching the whole present order. It is IN CHRIST, and our union with Him, that we find the crucifixion of the world most real to us, for it was through His cross that this operation was set in motion. Such processes might be a long time coming to their conclusion, and for some, it may seem that the process hardly exists at all, as they blindly go on their selfish pursuits. But for those who are apprehended now, to become one in Christ, these things become very real in an experimental way.
Through Him the world, praise God, is crucified to me,
Its power stripped away, to end its tyranny.
No more the stranglehold that binds into its mesh,
The corpse has no allure to titillate the flesh.
So all my "little worlds" must face the cross and be
Crucified, that I no more shall serve their decree.
If we still feel the pull of the world, the call of the wild, urging us on, obviously the world has not yet been crucified to us. But as we are made one in Christ, it goes dead, no longer able to reach out to us, and we will renounce it, thereafter to seek the fullness of His life.
Renunciation is more than just taking back our allegiance from the world, it also implies a complete and deliberate stand for truth, abandoning all else. It is a withdrawal from submission and obedience to the prince of this world, to deliberately follow Christ, renouncing all other rights over you. Thus it becomes an acquisition, not a loss, but a gain, receiving of His life.