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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
April 14, 2019
Central Passage
Galatians 6:11-16
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The Pastor's Notes:

The Cross

Galatians 6:11-15 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 12As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 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. 15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

 

As we examine the cross, let us realize what Paul is saying here. this is like boasting in the gas chamber, firing squad, electric chair, etc.

 

 

The church is bragging on what they have done to their flesh. Paul is going to brag on what was done to Christ.

Look at what my drug addiction led to, look at what my love of money did, look at what my attempts to be good did! They speak of what they have done and Paul makes sure to magnify what Christ has done. All that Paul has done is like filthy rags, useless, and self serving, but what Christ has done is supremely greater than all the things of the world.

Let us examine the cross!

The Cross humbles and brings the proud down

The false teachers- they compel- manipulate us to be self-centered and self-serving.

They are hypocrites who scream, “keep the law” when they don’t keep it themselves.

Why do they do this?

They want to avoid the persecution of the cross. Now days there are many examples that I try to avoid so it doesn’t upset people. These sayings are absolutely true and biblical, but because so many “so called pastors” in the past of our world have lied, we avoid the arguments.

The question becomes, who’s accomplishments are we celebrating? God’s or Ours?

If it is ours then we surely do not want to upset the people who give us glory.

Galatians 1:10 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.

This is at the heart of boasting in the cross and the entire book of Galatians. It should be at the heart of every question we ask as believers and a church.

How many times over the years have we chosen the easy, crowd pleasing answer as opposed to God’s leadership? We twist and pervert the word of God, claiming we want to maintain unity, Just like the Pharisees before us, but really we fear the persecution living for Jesus will bring.

The cross is very divisive. It divides those that want to avoid the persecution that comes with it and those who embrace it as Christ did.

How do you know if you are self-serving or cross-serving? Martin Lloyd-Jones was once asked how do you know when you are preaching to please the flesh or the spirit? His answer was simple.

If you are preaching in the energy of the flesh, you will feel exalted and lifted up. If you are preaching in the power of the Spirit, you will feel awe and humility.

 

The Cross the strongest NO

Paul uses the strongest language possible to say, “God forbid.” It is the strongest way to say NO to boasting in self or the world.

Boast means to “glory in,” “make much of,” “be consumed with,” or “be mastered by” something.

Paul makes much of the cross, is consumed with knowing the power of Christ death and resurrection. He wishes to be mastered by the power of the cross.

Nothing demands or commands his allegiance more than the cross.

Are you thankful for being forgiven? It’s because of the cross

Are you thankful for access to the throne of God through prayer? bc of the cross

Do you enjoying knowing Christ paid it all? The cross did that.

 

Why would you want to be mastered by anything else? What else is more precious than the instrument through which God paid the price for our sins?

 

The false teachers in Galatia are saying, yes, Jesus is great but you need more.

I watched this power video about a man giving a 100 dollar bill to a woman. You don’t lose value he ran around and proclaimed. This is self exalting and not cross exalting. Do what you want as long as you think highly of yourself.

The cross shows us that our righteous is like filthy rages, that God sought us first and we didn’t seek him, that we can’t save ourselves, we don’t deserve it. We have no value apart from him. Solomon speaks of life as being nothing but a vapor and vanity throughout Ecclesiastes. Why does he do this? Our value and worth comes from Christ. It’s not how much we have been stepped on or how worn out we are. It is about the scars that He bears, the nail pierced hands and feet, the wounds that bring healing.

The beatings that Paul endured don’t show how great he is, but rather HOW GREAT Christ is.

The Cross crucifies us 

The cross crucified him to the world and the world to him.

The world says you are hopeless, friendless, meaningless, corrupt, warped, UNLESS you bow down to them and do something about it.

The Cross says your hopeful because Christ paid it all

The cross says you have a friend closer than a brother in Christ

The cross says you have a God given meaning for being in this world

The cross says you used to be corrupt, but God has killed the old you and created a creation in Christ.

You are crucified from the world…

The things you used to do are crucifying you to themselves and they are being crucified by you to them.

 
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