The Glorious Cross of Christ
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Here's a devotion I would like to share with you highlighting Gal. 6:14 and devotion written by a coworker's brother:
14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 16 ''And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.''
I remember going to our Sunday school class with Dr. Walter Martin and someone asked him if it was okay to wear a cross. It was this verse 14 that he quoted, ''God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ'' ...as he then proceeded to let us know that wearing the cross was indeed a symbol of glory and salvation for all of us who believe. And then Dr. Martin reached in to loosen his neck tie and pull out his own gold cross and chain that he was wearing around his neck. There was a great applause.
Paul lifts up the cross here for all to see as the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is his only worthy boast, while the Christian judaizers were boasting in the works of the law and bragging in having the Galatians be circumcised. Paul tries to rid the Galatians of the useless works of the law that was imposed on them and get them to know the freedom they have as they have come to know Christ, which was easier said than done.
Paul who lived a lifetime as a Pharisee observing the law and all its requirements got to see firsthand when he was converted by Christ Himself, he saw the miracle of that new created person that Jesus had made him to be and knew his conversion and freedom from the law was for all men.
Paul concludes his letter with the Galatians by telling them that he hopes not to be troubled anymore for he had already been beaten and whipped for preaching the cross of Jesus Christ and did have the scars on his body for proclaiming the gospel. His scars for preaching the cross was Paul's boast and glory...not the scars of circumcision.