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In both Galatians 2:20 and 6:14 the “Have been crucified” denotes a process that began in the past but continues into the present. Each day we need to surrender anew any sinful passions, desires, and tendencies the Holy Spirit may point out to us that are not in keeping with the character of Jesus. Verse 25 summons up the passage well: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.” Literally the meaning here is, “If we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” The picture here is of a military unit or a marching band, taking me back to my days as a “Marching Wildcat.” A band or military marching unit lines up side by side in horizontal rows or ranks. Your rank is to march in a straight line. In order to keep your rank straight, the person farthest on the right is your “right guide.” Everyone in each rank uses their right guide to keep the rank straight.

Also in marching, you march by the cadence, “left, right, left, right, left” according to the beat of the percussion unit. Sometimes you get out of step, and have to get in step again. Sometimes you get “out of line” and have to realign yourself using your right guide as your reference point. The Holy Spirit is our percussion unit to keep us in step with Jesus. He is our right guide to keep us in line with Jesus. Indeed He is our reference point to mold us into the image of our Master, to make us like Jesus.

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