Boasting in the Gospel (8 of 8) by Jonathan McLeod

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Boasting in the Gospel (8 of 8)
Series: The Gospel-Centered Life
Jonathan McLeod

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world (Gal. 6:14).


Nobody likes to hear a person brag, but we often forget that when we feel the urge to boast.

One popular form of bragging is the Facebook brag. If you want to feel bad about your life, go on Facebook and see how perfect everyone else's life is. (Everybody's kids seem to be gen-iuses!) Someone has said that Facebook isn't a depiction of our personal lives-it's a highlights package.

A more subtle type of bragging is the humblebrag. A humblebrag is a brag that is couched in a phony show of humility. For example, someone with the Twitter name "MaggieQ" tweeted, "I AM featured in People's "Most Beautiful" (what can I say, they all make mistakes) BUT did the shoot w[ith] no mak[e]up and I have to say...SCARY!"

The Bible discourages boasting. For example, Proverbs 27:2 says, "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips."

However, there is one thing every Christian should boast about: the gospel. In Galatians 6:14, the apostle Paul writes, "Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Gal. 6:14). The Greek word for "boast" is kauchaomai. It is found 36 times in the New Testament. In the English Standard Version, kauchaomai is translated as either "boast" or "rejoice."


Because of our sin, we need salvation. The New Testament gives us four images of salvation: 1) propitiation (the need to have God's wrath appeased), (2) redemption (the need to be rescued from sin's captivity), (3) justification (the need to be declared righteous), and (4) reconciliation (the need to be brought back to God). In his love, God achieved salvation for us by the blood of Christ.

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