Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ (Cristwi sunestaurwmai). One of Paul's greatest mystical sayings. Perfect passive indicative of sustaurow with the associative instrumental case (Cristwi). Paul uses the same word in Romans 6:6 for the same idea. In the Gospels it occurs of literal crucifixion about the robbers and Christ ( Matthew 27:44 ; Mark 15:32 ; John 19:32 ). Paul died to the law and was crucified with Christ. He uses often the idea of dying with Christ ( Galatians 5:24 ; Galatians 6:14 ; Romans 6:8 ; Colossians 2:20 ) and burial with Christ also ( Romans 6:4 ; Colossians 2:12 ). No longer I (ouketi egw). So complete has become Paul's identification with Christ that his separate personality is merged into that of Christ. This language helps one to understand the victorious cry in Romans 7:25 . It is the union of the vine and the branch ( John 15:1-6 ). Which is in the Son of God (th tou uiou tou qeou). The objective genitive, not the faith of the Son of God. For me (uper emou). Paul has the closest personal feeling toward Christ. "He appropriates to himself, as Chrysostom observes, the love which belongs equally to the whole world. For Christ is indeed the personal friend of each man individually" (Lightfoot).