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A Reason to Boast (16 of 16)
Believe it or not, we've come to the end of our study through the book of Galatians. I pray it has been a profitable study for you and I know it has for me. The theme of Paul's letter to the Galatians centers upon an important theological truth: justification. That's why I called this series Justified.
Justification teaches that we are declared not guilty before God, the righteous Judge, because our debt has been paid by Jesus Christ. Paul emphasizes this truth once more and finally in the last section of this book. Tonight, we see A Reason to Boast. READ TEXT - PRAY
*People boast in all sorts of things. The boxer raises his hands in victory as he hovers over his opponent knocked out on the mat. The soccer player stretches out his arms and runs across the field joyfully after he has scored a goal. The baseball player hesitates at home plate for a moment then flips his bat as he watches his homerun ball sail through the air. The football player spikes the football or dances wildly after he scores a touchdown.*
People boast in all sorts of ways over all sorts of things. Sadly, today, people boast in their sin. They parade it. They flaunt it. And they want you to agree with it.
Paul had a different reason to boast. He says, ''Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…'' Paul had a reason to boast. But it wasn't in his own righteousness or religion. It wasn't in his own law keeping or spirituality. He recognized the only reason to boast was the ''cross'' of Jesus Christ.
He has said everything he wishes to say, and the letter is drawing to a close. But in ending it he first takes the pen from the hand of his scribe and adds a summary of the letter in his own handwriting. The summary contains a fresh warning against the legalizers, a restatement of the basic principle that Christianity is internal and supernatural rather tha ...
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