But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14(ESV)

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Paul was passionate for His Lord and equally passionate that we understand and apply the truth of the whole counsel of God but he knows that many will be tossed about by the chill winds of deceptive doctrines and that many false teachers and doctrines of demons will enter the church to confuse the flock; to lead astray and entice many back into the path of legalism and worldly pursuits. Paul wrote six passionate chapters to exposed the dangers of legalism; to explained the delights of the gospel of grace; to equip the saints to recognize deception; to exhort against the self-exultation of ill-taught men and to encourage believers to apply the truths that he himself had received from the Lord and had painstakingly taught to them.

Now near the conclusion of His expose on the dangers of legalism and the glories of grace Paul nails his whole argument on the cross of Christ. The gospel is being distorted by the boastings of man who in their pride seek to draw other believers back under Law which was nailed to the Cross of Christ – it is so much more acceptable to prideful man to do SOMETHING to add to Christ’s work on Calvary – for if I keep some man-made rule, what wonderful credit I will receive! And if I revert back to the Mosaic Law – how good I consider myself to be, when I compare my excellence with the miserable attempts of other Christians !!! – until my perfections are compared with those of Christ and then I realize what a wretched man I am – trying to keep God’s impossible law when…. as a result of Christ’s finished work ON the cross, I have been clothed in Christ’s perfection – by grace. Because Christ fulfilled the whole Law in His life and death, the whole Law was nailed to the cross. And because I am in Christ, the righteousness that He gained was also gained for me. I did not need to do anything to be clothed in His righteousness, except believe in Him as Saviour. If I now try to keep the Law – I am effectively saying what Christ did was not enough – which allows me to boast in my own efforts – what a foolish man I am – if think that I can add to the cross of Christ.

No wonder Paul passionately proclaimed: but as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world.

My Prayer

Loving Father Thank You that Christ work is complete and I do not have to keep the Law to please you – simply trust in Him as Saviour, thank You in Christ’s name I pray Amen

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