Posted: September 15, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
return to our IN CHRIST studies this week in the sixth Chapter of
Galatians. Paul is
confronting those that lay great emphasis on the outward man.
In these verses Paul puts the final dagger in the heart of those
who keep the outward rules of religion in order to please God when he
says, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the
cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me,
and I unto the world. For in
Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision
but a new creature. And as
many as walk according to this rule peace be on them and mercy upon the
of God. From henceforth let
no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”
verse 16 Paul said let us ‘walk’ (to order ones life by) this ‘rule’ (a guiding principle of life).
The rule he speaks of is in verses 14-15.
Paul tells us in these verses the ‘he
glories in the cross of the LORD Jesus Christ’.
The word ‘glory’
means to give weighty emphasis to. It
has the idea of an over emphasis. Let
us remember that the cross of Christ is at the center of all things.
The cross which took place on Golgotha’s Hill outside of
is probably dead center on the world map.
It comes in the center of time as we know it.
The cross being in the center of time has roots from everlasting
to everlasting. John, when
caught up to the eternal forever world, saw the crucified Christ.
He had the marks in His hands, feet and sides.
They were singing ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain’.
We have washed our garments in the blood of the Lamb.
It is clear that
will be one of the themes of the forever world.
said Christ looked to him as a lamb that was slain before the world
began. This cross not only
reaches in the world to come, it reaches through the world that is
because it was the center of the world that was before.
This cross which was the rule of Paul’s life was not an after
thought to God but a before thought.
Long before there was the problem of sin there was the solution
tells us in verse 14 what affect clinging to and glorying in the cross
had upon his life. He said
it caused the world to be dead unto him.
Paul says that all the things that are going on in the world had
no affect upon him for he was dead.
How can that be?
said that not only was he dead to the world but the world was dead to
him. Paul is telling us he
was in the world but the world was not in him.
Paul, how can that be? He
tells us because he had been to
. It was not a one time trip
to get his ticket to heaven punched.
Paul took up residence at
tells us in verse 15 that because of his residence at
he is a new creature. He is
not the old Saul but the new Paul. He
is not trying to identify with rules, regulations, standards, and
convictions of the religious world.
changed him. Paul tells us
in Philippians about aligning himself with religion when he said, “…if any man thinketh that he might trust in the flesh, I more;
Circumcised the eighth day… of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the
Hebrews, as touching the law, a Pharisee.
Concerning zeal,…the righteousness which is in the law,
blameless.” Lining up
with religion did not change him eternally nor did it help him earthly.
Paul in his lost state could have walked into our modern church
and become the Sunday School Director or Chairman of the Deacon Board.
tells us in verse 16 that because of his walking by the road of
he has been given ‘peace’
and ‘mercy’. Peace is
restful quietness and tranquility. His
position IN CHRIST brings peace. He
was also given mercy which is the withholding of what he deserves.
me remind us to live at
and the Crucified Life is not without great cost.
Paul tells us in verse 17 that his body bears the marks of a
close relationship to
. The word ‘mark’
means the scars inflicted to demonstrate ownership and possession.
These marks are much greater than that of giving up smoking,
drinking, cursing, movies, pants wearing, hair proper length, and beach
going. This was the
of Christ likeness both inwardly and outwardly.
song writer does not sound like he made a one time trip to
but it was a place of residence when he said, “Forbid
it Lord that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God.
All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His
blood.” He said,
living at the Cross would cost us “…our
soul, our life, our all.”