Galatians 6:14 Glory in the Cross

Galatians 6:14 (KJV)
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.

This is one of the most powerful, favorite verses we all know in the Bible. God help us that we, like Paul, glory only in the cross of Christ! 

  • No other Person is worthy of glory
  • We are certainly not worthy of glory 
  • No other event in world history is worthy of glory

But notice the context of the verse. 
Galatians 6:13
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 

There was a group who attempted to lure that Galatian believers into their camp, their doctrine; into their churches if you will. 

  • They would have gloried in the “victory” of converting them away from the churches Paul had planted. 
  • They would have gloried in the growth of their own congregations. 
  • They would have gloried in the effectiveness of their influence. 
  • They would have gloried in the power of their preaching. 

Paul chose only to glory in the cross of Christ. 

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Galatians 5:25 Walk in the Spirit

Galatians 5:25 (KJV)
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

One of the objections I have heard a lot from the Messianic Jews, and those Gentiles following their teaching, is that they do not claim to rely on the law for salvation. They are often adamant, at least some of them, that their soul rests solely upon Jesus. They claim that the O.T. law is for principles of righteousness, good works, and not of salvation. 

My problem with that runs in a few lines:
First, they lay a potential snare for others. 
Even if they, in fact, do trust Christ alone for salvation, they have left a door open for others to trust the works of the law, which they strongly believe should be practiced, for their justification. 

Second, I see a complete repudiation of those works (of the law) in the N.T. 
This is exactly what led to the dispute between Paul and Peter. When Peter, in a weak moment, slipped back into the O.T. thinking Peter rebuked Him. 

Third, this is clearly discouraged in our text verse. 
We are not justified by the law but by the Spirit. We are to live out our Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit and not by the law. 

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Galatians 4:1-4 Why Take Bondage Again?

Galatians 4:1-4 (KJV)
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Paul describes Old Testament Israel as children under tutors and governors. They were the apple of God’s eye, beloved of Him for no reason other than He chose to love them. But they were in bondage. 

They had tutors
Incapable of understanding the deeper things of God on their own, prophets and teachers were necessary to spoon feed them. That it turned out was just enough to keep them alive spiritually but not enough to make them flourish spiritually.

They had governors 
They were so prone to wander away from God that from time to time the Lord would send them some form of chastisement to discipline them and bring them back to God. 

In all of this they never quite found freedom. Their own system bound them down with burdens they were not able to bear. 

But then came Jesus. Through Christ a man is made free of these burdens. He can come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. His spirit cries out to God as “Abba, Father.” 

Why would anyone with such liberty take up the chains of bondage again?

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Galatians 2:16-17 What Is Legalism?

Galatians 2:16-17 (KJV)
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

The subject of legalism gets twisted in our day as, I suppose, it always has. When I first began in the ministry any preacher who taught a standard of righteousness might be accused of legalism. 

To preach separation from the world was considered legalism. 
To reject modern music, immodest dress or worldly entertainment was called legalism. 

This is nothing but using a word we have come to believe is ungodly to condemn those with whose faith we have personal disagreement. (“I don’t like you, so you are a legalist.” “I don’t want to submit to that.” So, it is legalistic.)

While the terms legalist and legalistic are nowhere found in the Bible, the subject is clearly presented in the book of Galatians. Legalism is seeking to be justified through the works of the law. Legalism is an attempt to be pronounced righteous in the sight of God through obedience to religious duty, specifically, the Old Testament/Mosaic law. Legalism in its original form, was the error of the Judaizers – what we would call today Messianic Jews. 

Many of the more modern Judaizers propose that they are saved through faith but that they are right with God and man through the law. This skirts the issue and avoids the teaching of the New Testament. We have a new law vastly superior to the old. We are to love God with all our heart soul and mind and love our neighbor as our self. 

This in no way excuses the New Testament believer from standards, or separation, or godliness. Being justified by Christ compels us to live differently than sinners of the world. 

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Galatians 2:16-17 What Is Legalism?

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Galatians 1:10 Be Certain of your Message

Galatians 1:10 (KJV)
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Here is one of the great challenges of ministry. Every honest preacher knows he is a servant of Christ. 

  • He is taught of Christ
  • He is moved by Christ
  • He longs to live to please Christ

However, his ministry is toward men. Those men often:  

  • Want to persuade him to teach things they want him to teach[1]
  • They want to move him to serve them as they wish to be served
  • They desire he lives to please them in the work of his ministry 

Paul confidently stuck to the course God set because he was certain his message was from God and not man. 

Be certain of your message and you can be strong in your direction. 


[1]Just recently I heard about a well-known Baptist pastor of a generation ago who, for years, pastored a large Baptist church whose doctrinal statement was not the same as the pastor’s own beliefs. They got along because he taught what the church statement taught.  I wonder how he justified himself in light of passages like this?

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2 Corinthians 12:11 Empty – Except Christ

2 Corinthians 12:11 (KJV)
I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

There is so much humanity in this chapter it astounds me. There is so much here we would never wish our preachers to be. 

  • There is uncertainty 
  • There is weakness
  • There is submission 
  • There is prayer answered no
  • There is sympathy (the more I love..,)
  • There is irony
  • There is fearfulness 
  • There is humbling 

We like our preachers today to be leaders; strong, certain, victorious. Paul really was none of those. 

Now consider our primary text. Notice the dichotomy of the passage. Paul admitted coming behind the other apostles in nothing. He was not afraid to assert his position. In the same breath, Paul said that he was nothing. This is the great need of preachers today. We need to accept our calling with confidence while at the same time remembering we are, but vessels, empty of anything valuable except Christ. 

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2 Corinthians 8:20 Honest Things

2 Corinthians 8:20 (KJV)
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

Second Corinthians chapter eight is about two things:

  • Generous giving and
  • The men who administer it

While the only names provided us are Paul and Titus, there is reference to another in verse eighteen and of “our brethren” in verse twenty-three. 

Paul took personal responsibility in,
2 Corinthians 8:21
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 

If we would ask people to be generous, we must expect to provide for honest things in the administration of those offerings. It is true that the gift given to God must be freely given and let go of. It does not follow that such allows for careless use of the gift so generously and freely given.

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2 Corinthians 7:10 The Age of Depression

2 Corinthians 7:10 (KJV)
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

The first examples of the truth delivered in this passage that come to my mind is that of Judas and Peter. 

  • Both men denied Jesus in the tough time
  • Both were struck with conviction of the denial of Jesus Christ 
  • Both sorrowed and were obviously distraught with their actions

But one man repented and led the first and greatest revival since the resurrection of Christ while the other went out and hung himself. 

We live in an age of depression. The statistics are staggering. The growth of the mental health industry is alarming and yet it is not making a difference. Just this week I learned of three, I wrote correctly, three New York police officers who committed suicide. What the circumstances were, I do not know. I do know this is tragic. 

Despite what the atheist agnostic and mental health professional will say, there is only one way to reverse this epidemic; turn the sorrow of this world into godly sorrow. We must acknowledge God and the breaking of His standards. We must honestly confess our sins to God. We must grieve over this sin. We must mortify the seeds of the body. Then we must embrace and rejoice in the promises of God. 

  • A promise of kinship
  • A promise of cleansing and
  • A promise of forgiveness 

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2 Corinthians 6:1 Vain Grace

2 Corinthians 6:1 (KJV)
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Perhaps the companion passage, the one that interprets this passage best for us is 

James 2:14-26 (KJV)
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

To have received this Gospel grace and to leave it untapped, untried and unused is vanity indeed. 
Hebrews 2:3
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

What a travesty to possess so great salvation and then to neglect it. 

  • To ignore the preaching of God’s Word
  • To backslide and rebel against it
  • To be a hearer of the Word and do nothing with it. 

This is to receive the grace of God in vain and it is, as James puts it, dead. 

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2 Corinthians 4:2-4 Resolved

2 Corinthians 4:2-4 (KJV)
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

I have, from time to time, returned to this chapter as almost a life theme. Paul’s sentiment here is so fitting for what has often been my experience in the ministry. 

I note today a resolution in the Apostle. 

  • He had resolved not to use dishonesty 
  • He had resolved not to attempt craftiness
  • He had resolved to handle the Word of God with integrity 

And he had resolved to leave whatever comes of that between others and the Lord. 

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