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Glory in the Cross of Christ
LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
December 17, 2006
This morning .. as we conclude our study of the book of Galatians .. turn with me to chapter 6. Hasn't God blessed us through this wonderful book? If we have learned anything from this study .. we have learned that Jesus is the great liberator! He sets prisoners free! I know that He has set this prisoner free. And I pray God that He has set you free too from the bondage and burden of the law into the liberty of grace.
Jesus is the Lord of Liberty! Now the Judiazers had a problem with that. They were saying, "unless you are circumcised according to the customs of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts 15.1).
They were teaching that 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!
Look up here for a minute: Jesus is all you need for salvation! That's what makes this Christmas season so special! We're celebrating the birth of our savior for had there not been a cradle .. there would have never been a cross!
Now as Paul concludes this letter to the churches at Galatia ...he 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" [?a??as?a?] 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! "Look what all I've done for God! I must be special to God!" They ...
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