CRUCIFIED TO THE WORLD
By Floyd Baker
Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:14
What are you glorying in at the present time? Is it some great accomplishment of yours? Some great honor bestowed upon you? Our verse begins, "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." The question has been asked, "Why would anyone want to glory in the cross?" We find the answer of course in our context.
Before we look at Paul's answer to this question, we need to see that he was warning the Galatians against "wrong glorying." In verse 13 we read, "but [they] desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh." Even though circumcision is not practiced today in the same manner, we could well add, baptism, confirmation, church membership and a host of other things in which men are glorying. Instead of these things causing one to look to God, they only exalt men. Paul declares that "they glory in your flesh"; but I glory in the cross, for it is there that God enables men to live for the Lord.
There are two accomplishments of the cross the apostle calls to our attention. First of all, "By whom the world is crucified unto me." Please note here the focus is not upon the cross itself, but the One who died there. It is through our identification with Christ on the cross that this is so. The same is true of the second truth as well, "And I unto the world." This is not true through the flesh, or as he states, through circumcision, "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature [creation]." We are sanctified, set apart unto God and from the world, through our identification with Christ's death.
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