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Cross is Enough

Cross is Enough

Cross is Enough

As we approach the closing chapter of Galatians, Paul shifts from a theological teaching to a more practical one. He has talked about the One Gospel, Justification by faith, role of grace and freedom in Christ. Now he goes on to write how this pans out for a Christian in his day to day life.

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Galatians 6:1-5

The first practical lesson is when you encounter a fellow believer who has sinned. Paul instructs us to restore such a person with gentleness and humbleness. Lose your judgmental and condescending nature and extend love. We are in no way superior to that person. We are only human. The same thing could happen to us. How would we like to be treated then? A little grace and love wouldn’t hurt, would it? Paul reminds us that when we are in the process of restoring a person to his faith, showing him his sins in the light of the word, we are showing love and thus fulfilling the law of Christ. While doing so, we have to examine ourselves, if there is any such sinful nature in us, otherwise we will just be hypocrites. Verse 5 says that we are responsible for our own conduct.

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:6-10

The second lesson that Paul sends across is about doing good and being generous. A recent study showed that Christians are the most happy people and the reason behind their happiness is their giving. We are called to share this wonderful life that we have received as a gift in itself. Through our time, money, works and faith we should be a giving to others. On this note Paul wants us to keep in mind a couple of things. First, our giving should not be from the flesh or in other words, we shouldn’t be showing off our charity, because those things don’t do us any good. Remember Jesus’ words, “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3) Second, don’t be discouraged because you keep on giving and don’t receive anything in return. Sometimes you feel like you work and you work and you work, but no one notices. We all can relate to this one time or the other. Let’s take comfort in Paul’s words, “for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

 

14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Galatians 6:14,17

Thirdly, Paul reinstates what he’s been writing all along and the primary goal of this Epistle, the Cross is enough! Some might want to be circumcised, some might want to keep the law and all its teachings, but one thing and only one thing brings pride to Paul and that is the Cross. For on the cross, He sealed our pardon, and made us right with God. Everything we have and enjoy is because of the Cross and what Christ accomplished on it for us. I want to share with you these words from the song Flawless by Mercy Me.

Could it possibly be
That we simply can’t believe
That this unconditional
Kind of love would be enough
To take a filthy wretch like this
And wrap him up in righteousness
But that’s exactly what He did

No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

Let’s glory in the cross and this beautiful salvation that Christ has purchased for us!

Thanks for staying with me through the study of Galatians. I’ve learnt so many truths along this way and I hope I’ve encouraged you. Let me know if you liked this study and share your thoughts in the comments below. If this is the first post you are reading in this series, go to the beginning and follow along : Introducing the study series on Galatians

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

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