Why Paul Gloried In The Cross
We are coming to the conclusion of this marvelous letter. Paul takes the pen from his amanuensis and wrote in large letters with his own hand. Some say it was because he had problems with his eyes. Others suggest that he wrote in box-car letters because the cross was the heart of his ministry and he didn't want anyone to forget what he had to say.
Paul battled for truth. He is battling with those who were suggesting there was another way of salvation. What Paul preached was good but it did not go far enough. Paul was lifting high the banner of the cross.
The cross was the theme of his life and the center of his preaching. He determined to know nothing among the Corinthians except Jesus Christ and him crucified. His whole life was wrapped around the cross. His missionary journeys were motivated by the cross.
As we conclude with this 17th message in Galatians I want us to consider why Paul gloried in the cross.
1. HE GLORIED IN THE CROSS BECAUSE OF ITS MIGHTY PORTRAYALS.
1. It portrayed his sins.
Paul was a self righteous sinner before he got saved. There is no difference in the eyes of God between a self righteous sinner and an unrighteous sinner. Both are sinners.
There was a time when Paul hated Jesus and anyone that had anything to do with Jesus. He was a persecutor of Christians. Paul's heart was exposed at the cross.
There is not a person anywhere without a depraved heart. Isaiah put it like this: "Our righteousness in God's sight is but filthy rags." Jeremiah said, "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked." Paul said, "There is none that doeth good, no not one."
The world is in the shape it is in because people live according to their nature. For a person to change his nature has to change.
Paul would have lived his life persecuting Christians and fighting God had his heart not been exposed by the cross.
2. It portrayed Christ's ...
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