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 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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Galatians 5:13-15 Liberty vs Law

Galatians 5:13-15 (KJV) For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. The book to the churches of Galatia is written almost entirely to dispel the errors of Judaizers who, in Paul’s day, had confused the purpose of Old Testament law. In these three verses we find: Liberty vs Law We are set free from the law so far as salvation is concerned. We are, however, to be careful not to allow our liberty to be license. I am afraid we have far too much license in modern Christianity. The fulfillment of the Law In one Old Testament law, love our neighbor as ourselves. Genuine love will, it seems to me, compel us to embrace those lessons of the Old Testament (and New) that make for neighborly action. A warning concerning disobedience To live by the Law means to be judged by the Law rather than having already been judged in Christ. But to reject this commandment “Love thy neighbor as thyself” sets one at risk of being consumed in the judgment of others.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4300 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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Galatians 4:20 The Concern Is Truth

Galatians 4:20 (KJV)
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

In a previous verse to the believers in the churches in Galatia Paul wrote,
Galatians 4:16 (KJV)
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

It was not his desire to alienate anyone. His only concern was the truth and imparting it to them. He was their friend. He wanted their best. He wanted their affection and their companionship in the Lord. But his primary concern had to be with the truth. Were they really willing to spoil that over the doctrines of those Paul knew to be false teachers?

Now here is the truth that so risked his friendship, New Testament Christianity and Old Testament law cannot co-exist. We do not mean that no truths of the Old Testament have application today. Those things were written for our example. But they are the shadow of the truth. All truth is to be discovered in the New Testament. The Old Testament serves to give illustration and life to those truths. Never should the Old Testament be taken in exclusion of the New Testament. The concept that righteousness in any manner may be obtained by obedience to Old Testament law must be:

  • Cast out
  • Abandoned
  • Forsaken

Galatians 2:21 (KJV)
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain

 

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Galatians 2:4 Compelled To Come Out

Galatians 2:4 (KJV)
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

This would probably not technically be a double negative but that’s what struck my mind. Apostle Paul argues a double negative why Jewish law is not to be compelled upon others.

  1. Peter, who was by birth a Jew, lived as a Gentile and not as a Jew.
  2. It is therefore incongruous to compel a Gentile to live as a Jew.

We might assume that Paul’s rebuke of Peter implies that both Peter and Paul, New Testament Christians from Jewish homes, had abandoned Jewish law.

These were two very different men. Peter, a fisherman by trade, was once accused of being ignorant and unlearned. Paul was just the opposite. These men, of approximately the same age, had come to Christ from very different parts of the same culture and religion. Yet both of them had come to embrace a new culture and practice of faith. They had both been tested and had both come to the same conviction not to lay those burdens that the Jews were unable to bear on the Gentiles. When Peter wavered on this conviction Paul corrected him.

The conclusion of the passage then is that neither the Jewish believers nor the Gentile believers were required or expected to “live as do the Jews.”

If anyone is to be compelled, it is those who attempt to follow Jewish law to come out from it.

 

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Galatians 1:11-12 The Difference Between a Ministry and a Job

Galatians 1:11-12 (KJV)
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Unlike the Apostle, I (and every preacher I know) was taught of men. Most of us have attended Bible College. We might even believe it to be necessary.

On the other hand, like Paul, it is essential that the preacher of God’s Word has more than what he was taught at Bible College with which to work. True faith is more than simple repetition of a doctrinal statement. It is a personal relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ

  • We must receive salvation of the Lord
  • We must receive spiritual food and water of the Lord
  • We must know our prayers have been answered of the Lord
  • We must have experienced that our strength comes of the Lord
  • We must have messages that came not from a book but of the Lord

The difference between a ministry and an occupation in the pulpit is that the ministry comes of the Lord.

 

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Galatians 3:1-3 Love Isn’t Agreement

Galatians 3:1-3 (KJV)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

It is a foolish thought that salvation would be through faith but perfection would come by works.

Christians, who become enamored with Judaism, repeat the foolishness of the Galatians constantly these days. No matter that they call it Messianic, it is still Judaism. It is an attempt to marry the Christian faith with the dead works of Jewish law. It is exactly the thing Acts 15 is meant to extinguish and Galatians was written to teach against.

These anti-Judaism sentiments should not be confused as anti-Semitism. Christians ought to love Jews:

  • Because we ought to be a loving people anyway
  • Because our faith springs from the Jews and
  • Because God continues to this day to love Jews

Love isn’t agreement. It doesn’t demand agreement. Love demands support, encouragement and friendship but not agreement; most of all, love demands truthfulness. I love Jews enough to be truthful and tell them to:

  • Come to Christ
  • Come out of Judaism and
  • Come into a local New Testament Baptist Church

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