Saturday, November 26, 2011

Finishing Galatians and Boasting in the Cross!

Lord willing, tomorrow I'll be preaching the last sermon in a series through Paul's Letter to the Galatians. This series (34 sermons in all) has been a real challenge for me personally. The Lord has used Paul's words to the churches of Galatia to speak to my heart as it concerns walking by faith and putting no confidence in the flesh. He closes the letter with a charge to "boast only in the cross". This charge will be the concern of my final sermon in the series. I love John Piper's quote on this verse regarding what it means to boast only in the cross:

For redeemed sinners, every good thing- indeed every bad thing that God turns for good- was obtained for us by the cross of Christ. Apart from the death of Christ, sinners get nothing but judgment. Apart from the cross of Christ, there is only condemnation… all your rejoicing in all things should therefore be a rejoicing in the cross where all your blessings were purchased for you at the cost of the death of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Every good thing God gives you is to be enjoyed and used to declare the glory of God through the cross of Christ. Every bad thing that God turns for good is to be appreciated and used to glorify the cross of Christ. We have nothing to celebrate if not for the cross of Christ. The death of Jesus to atone for our sins and His resurrection to justify us to God makes everything worth rejoicing. This boast is by the incredible grace of God which comes by the flesh? No... but by faith alone! Soli Deo Gloria!

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