The Glory of the Cross-Galatians 6:11-15

Galatians 6:11-15 “See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! 12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.”

Galati 6:11-15 «Guardate con che grossi caratteri vi ho scritto di mia propria mano! 12 Tutti coloro che vogliono fare bella figura nella carne, vi costringono a farvi circoncidere e ciò al solo fine di non essere perseguitati a causa della croce di Cristo. 13 Poiché neppure loro, che sono circoncisi, osservano la legge; ma vogliono che siate circoncisi per potersi vantare della vostra carne. 14 Ma quanto a me, non sia mai che io mi vanti di altro che della croce del nostro Signore Gesù Cristo, mediante la quale il mondo, per me, è stato crocifisso e io sono stato crocifisso per il mondo. 15 Infatti, tanto la circoncisione che l’incirconcisione non sono nulla; quello che importa è l’essere una nuova creatura.”

As Paul concludes this letter, he uses a metaphor to describe his closing tone: “large letters.” It is his way of giving emphasis to his final comments. In other words, “Don’t miss seeing this point.” What is the message? There were people in the Galatian church who chose to please men rather than God in order to make a good impression; they insisted on forcing people who wanted to become a believer to take unnecessary extra steps. These legalists knew the message of the cross would be softened if they convinced people that salvation was a matter of faith AND works.

As a contrast, Paul emphatically declares that his boasting was only in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of being an object of shame, Paul glories in the cross that makes atonement for our sin. Any religious system though well-meaning must be cast aside to view the cross and the cross alone. The Israelites’ mistake of making a golden calf served as a strong reminder than no ritual, symbol or legalistic requirement would ever take the place of God’s relationship with His people. For Paul and us, the cross should be the only thing that matters in becoming a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Pray with me: Lord, I am challenged in the Word of God as Paul closes his letter with the use of the words “large letters.” Help me to never fall for anything that tries to add to or detract from the true message of the glory of the cross.

Pastor Bob

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