I Will Glory In The Cross – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

I Will 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: The context of this verse is Paul’s letter to the Galatians who had been infiltrated by proponents of a works-based salvation.

One of the works that was being pushed on these Gentile believers was the act of circumcision.

God implemented this covenant with Abraham in Genesis 17.

In the New Testament, Paul addressed this in Romans 2:17-29 and 3:27-31

Again in 1 Corinthians 7:

  • 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
  • 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Paul didn’t waste any time addressing this false doctrine.

He dived right in to disputing this and rebuking the church for allowing this false teaching to sway them.

See Galatians 1:6-12

The false teachers in Galatians were attempting to gain bragging rights at convincing the church to be circumcised.

Paul rebuked them sharply in Galatians 6:12, 13.

Paul called them out for their outward conformity to the Old Testament law but not conforming to God’s Word.

Then Paul made a statement in verse 14 that stands out.

If we are going to glory, we should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a strange statement when you consider what the cross of Christ represents.

The cross is a symbol of many things.

               A. Suffering

  • Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

               B. 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.

               C. 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?

               D. Sin

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Though the cross of Jesus Christ represents these things, it also represents some other amazing things.

We can glory in the cross because that was where:

I. Love Was Proven

Many people will tell you that they love you, but they don’t prove it.

There is no question that the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ was a place where love was proven.

               A. The Love of the Father

  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  • 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
  • 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

There is a false doctrine being propagated today saying that telling lost people that Jesus loves them is a lie.

The teaching is that God loved sinners, but that Jesus loved God and therefore did what he did out of love for the Father.

The problem with that teaching is that it’s not in the Bible!

The cross is a place where Jesus proved His love for the sinner.

               B. The Love of the Son

  • John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
  • Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
  • Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
  • Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
  • 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,

II. Life was Provided

We can glory in the cross because it is through the cross that we have life!

  • John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Ephesians 2

  • 1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
  • 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
  • 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
  • Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

READ Romans 5:12-21

III. Liberty was Purchased

  • Galatians 2:4 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:
  • Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
  • Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

RANSOM: the price for redeeming, ransom; paid for slaves, captives; to liberate many from misery and the penalty of their sins