Sunday, June 25, 2017

Living Free as a Bondslave #12

Galatians 6:14 - (CSB) - "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."

Paul concludes this letter by discussing his relationship with the Savior (6:11 -18). The Legalizers boast in the ceremony of circumcision (6:11-13). They are trying to make a good show while even they do not keep the Law. They want to show the Galatians off as a trophy of their accomplishment.

In opposition, Paul does not boast in earthly accomplishments. he only glories in the message of salvation – the Cross. Paul is stressing that the only thing that matters is if the person is a new creation or not. Then they will find true peace and mercy (eleos).

Paul then testifies concerning his sufferings for Christ (6:17-18). Paul said that no one could cause him concern or trouble because he knew who he belonged to. On his body, he wore the marks of his suffering for Jesus. This is called the stigmata. Stigmata is the plural of the Greek word στίγμα stigma, meaning a mark or brand such as might have been used for identification of an animal or slave. In other words, he was branded as belonging to Christ.

Paul then concludes this letter with the statement that they would have the Grace of Jesus in their spirits. He started this letter with a frustrated, angry tone. He has built argument after argument that there is only one Gospel - The Gospel of Grace.

Salvation is the Cross of Christ plus nothing, minus nothing. Living as Christians is the Cross of Christ plus nothing, minus nothing. Legalism is adding anything to the gospel to get saved or stay saved.

We are free to do as we want [want-to is changed] when we are covered by the blood of Christ.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I show the world my freedom in Christ by the truth of my "want-to's" have been changed. I accept that I am a bond-slave, may I now live like it. Amen.

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