[box] 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. Neither circumcision nor un-circumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Galatians 6:14,15[/box]
I’ve been meditating on these verses lately.
One very important premise can be found here, the cross and it’s effect on us.
These verses come just on the heals of Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians to ignore the teachings of the Judaizers concerning a number of ceremonial practices of the Old Testament. These Jewish Christians were trying to convince the Gentile believers of Galatia that among other things it was still necessary for them to be circumcised because the law required it.
First, Paul makes it clear that all of the outward things we do to impress people mean nothing. The effect the cross has on us from within means everything. On that cross Jesus fulfilled the law when He died to take away the sins of the world. We who believe on Him are no longer under the law but under grace. And as such we will follow His will and serve Him out of the love and gratitude that overwhelms us because He first loved us.
We, as well Paul, have been crucified to the world and the world has been crucified to us. The world and all of its trappings are to hold no interest for us. Born again believers no longer belong to this world system, we are just passing through. As aliens in a strange land, we are to live in a different manner than the world does, never comparing ourselves to their sinfulness or even to other Christians’ righteousness for that matter. When we determine to glorify our Lord even in the smallest detail of our life, we have eliminated our need to compare ourselves to anyone else. We are now living only to please God.
Also, we must never compromise our faith to make it acceptable to the world or as these Christian Jews were doing, to avoid persecution. Persecution from the world is not to be avoided, if we are genuinely trusting Jesus as our Lord and Savior then persecution is inevitable. The result of our new birth is a new spiritual nature in place of our old sinful nature. With this new nature inside of us, we are now a new creation in Christ. This new nature automatically makes us an enemy of this world. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted … 2 Timothy 3:12.
The cross is an amazing display of God’s wisdom and power and should affect the lives of every one of us. Upon examination, can I honestly say that because of the cross God’s wisdom and power are displayed in my life?