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Glory In The Cross Of Christ (15 of 15)
Series: The Lord Of Liberty
Ernest L. Easley
Tonight we are concluding our study of Paul's letter to Galatia! He wanted the church to know that Jesus was the Lord of Liberty! Now the Judaizers had been saying, ''unless you are circumcised according to the customs of Moses, you cannot be saved'' (Acts 15.1).
They said the salvation equation was Jesus + Law = Salvation. And don't think that the Judaizers were eliminated in Paul's day. They are still with us today and they use the same equation that they did in Paul's day.
They say, ''Jesus + Baptism = Salvation.'' ''Jesus + Church membership = Salvation.'' ''Jesus + Good Works = Salvation.'' But let me give you the Bible equation for salvation! Here is the Salvation Equation:
Jesus + Nothing = Salvation!
Paul wanted the church to know that Jesus is all you need for salvation! And in concluding his letter, Paul gives us this crowing statement: Verse 14, ''But God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,''
The Greek word translated ''glory'' means ''to boast.'' You could translated verse 14, ''But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.''
Now the Judaizers were boasting too! But they were boasting in their achievements! They were boasting in their accomplishments! And don't think Paul couldn't have boasted in his achievements!
Philippians 3.4-7, verse 7, ''But what these things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.'' His glory was not in what He had done for God, but in what God had done for him!
That's where his glory was! That's where his boasting was! Not in what He had done for God, but in what God had done for him!
In fact, Paul uses this same word translated ''glory'' in Ephesians 2 where he says we are saved by grace, through faith and then verse 9, ''not of works, lest anyone should boast''
And so in wrapping up his letter, Paul sa ...
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