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Our Glory Is in the Cross Alone

 

by Frederick Drummond, Sr.

The world to come has invaded this present evil world and established a new rule to live by—in Christ—and this was accomplished by the cross. This introduced the greatest change in Gods dealings with mankind since the planting of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden and the ensuing fall of man. Death and everything negative were introduced by that tree and compounded by the giving of the law. But thanks be to God, all of this has been done away with in Christ.

No wonder the Scriptures speak of the people of the cross as a new creation and make the old ones way of living obsolete. Thus the days of living with the burden of guilt have been replaced and the torment of right and wrong done away with. Instead of being subject to the accuser of the brethren, God's new creation enjoys the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Paul was turned off by those who desired "to make a good showing in the flesh," (Galatians 6:12) because they were not willing to stand up for "the cross of Christ." He pointed out to those Galatian church members that they should have no part with those who gloried in their flesh, because God's new creation glories in one thing alone, "the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me [them]" (its fleshly ways no longer control us) "and I to the world" (they are to live by the Spirit alone) because they are a part of God s new creation.

This is the new rule we believers live by in this Dispensation of Grace, and it has provided for us a lifestyle of peace and mercy. We are the new Israel of God that lives by a brand new rule—in Christ—and we have nothing to do with the bondages that daily entrap the old creation in fleshly living—being required to do this or that or be condemned and die.

At last we have been freed from this world's problems through grace, and along with it their fascination with impressing one another in the flesh. Our point of glory is the cross alone. Our only message is Christ and His glorious cross. This satisfied God, and it should satisfy us also.

GOD'S GLORIOUS NEW CREATION

Galatians 6:14-16

1. The world's power over us has been broken by the cross.

...the world has been crucified to me... (vs. 14a)

((Jn. 16:33; Rom. 8:37; I Jn. 2:12-14)

2. We no longer owe the world anything be-cause of the cross.
.. .and I to the world, (v. 14b)
(I Jn. 4:4,5;Jas. l:27; 2 Tim.4:I0; I Jn. 2:15-17)
3. We are now a part of God's new world to
come because of the cross.
.. .a new creation, (v. 15)
(2 Cor. 5:17-19)
4. We now live by a new rule (in Christ) be-cause of the cross.

...as many as walk according to this rule... (v. 16)

(1 Jn. 4:12-17

 

Paul told the Galatian church members to stop glorying in their flesh. "If you are going to glory in anything, glory in the cross alone" (Galatians 6:14). Having been saved by grace through faith, no one should be so foolish as to try to add works to Christ's perfect sacrifice. His atonement accomplished a complete work and therefore saves to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25). Christian, Christ has already earned your right to live a powerful life free from condemnation forevermore.

CONDEMNATION
or
JUSTIFICATION

The tree

The law

The accuser

The flesh

Works

The cross

The grace

The Comforter

The Spirit

Rest

THEIR FRUIT

Fear

Hypervigilance

Works of the flesh

Self-righteousness

Condemnation

Love

Easy Leadership of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit

In Christ

Justification

 

Having come this far in our thinking, it is time to go further in our study of the freedom Christ has earned for us. Terry Virgo states, "Because the law's role has been fulfilled in bringing you to Christ, it is of crucial importance that you don't go back to law, failing to grasp the new and glorious liberty into which you have been brought as a son and, indeed, an heir of God, with the inner witness of the Holy Spirit confirming the full rights of sonship."8 Truly we believers are a new creation, something the world hasn't seen since Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, and we are called to show off the wonderful grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as the most spiritual people that have lived on Earth since then. Grace has enable God to show off His love through His people as never before. To see His love in action in our lives is to see God living among us. This is the testimony of grace.

Paul had to remind the Corinthian church members of this tremendous truth—"The law has passed away." He said, "The glory was passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:7), and again, "What is passing away was glorious" (2 Corinthians 3:11), and then again, "The veil is taken away in Christ" (2 Corinthians 3:14), and then finally, "When one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away" (2 Corinthians 3:16). Are you getting the point yet? The law has been taken away and a new dispensation—grace—has replaced it. We have been set free.

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