Glory In The Cross
Galatians 6:14 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.
Intro: Paul was careful not to glory in the wrong things. The context of this verse is in a passage where he was warning the Galatian believers of false teachers with impure motives. Some were being compelled to adhere to Old Testament laws of circumcision, which are no longer binding upon the believer. Paul judged these false teachers message as well as their motives.
Paul concluded that they were simply trying to bring upon themselves unnecessary persecution so they could feel that they had suffered “for the cross of Christ.”
Paul also concluded that these teachers would try to use the people of God for a pawns and personal validation. They would point to the church of Galatia as examples of their own success and accomplishments.
It was in this context that Paul used the term, “God forbid” in reference to man’s desire to many times seek glory or to boast in the wrong things.
Glory: boast, rejoice, joy
Paul made it clear that we have nothing to glory in – nor should we seek glory in anything, other than in the “cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
That phrase caught my attention. Why should we glory in the cross?
1. The Cross was a place of great Sadness
- 24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
- 25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
- 26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
- 27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
- 28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
2. The Cross was a place of great Sin
- Colossians 2:13-14 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
3. The Cross was a place of great Shame
- Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
4. The Cross was a place of great Suffering
- Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
5. The Cross was a place of great Separation
- Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
So…why would Paul say that we SHOULD GLORY IN THE CROSS?
The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is where…
I. We were Pardoned
- Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
II. We were Purchased
- Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
- Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
III. We were Purified
- Leviticus 8:14 And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering. And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it.
- Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
I love the song – NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD!
- What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
- For my pardon this I see– Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
For my cleansing this my plea– Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
- Nothing can my sin erase. Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Naught of works, ’tis all of grace– Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
- This is all my hope and peace– Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
This is all my righteousness– Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Chorus: Oh! precious is the flow. That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
IV. We were Promised
- Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
- We were promised life – II Tim. 1:1
- We were promised eternal life – I John 2:25
- We were promised forgiveness – Isaiah 33:24
- We were promised the Holy Spirit – Luke 24:49
- We were promised Heaven – John 14