“NOTICE WHAT LARGE LETTERS I USE AS I WRITE THESE CLOSING WORDS IN MY OWN HANDWRITING. Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.” Galatians 6:11-15 NLT
Brothers and sisters, there is only one thing that can save--- THE CROSS OF JESUS!!!
Any other doctrine is from hell itself. In verse 14 of today's scripture passage, the King James Version reads like this: “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.” Galatians 6:14 KJV
The Greek definition of the word "forbid" here means to renounce, refuse, disown.
Paul, the one who was circumcised the eight day (according to the custom of all Jewish males), the one who was a Pharisee (most prominent sect of religious observers of the time), the one who was a descendant of the Israeli tribe of Benjamin, was denying all other religious claims to make the emphatic statement that only the cross can save. He, literally, renounced any other means of salvation. No one in history can claim to have been more religious in his observance of the law of Moses. Paul was the valedictorian of his religious class. Paul was regarded as the best in the ranks of Judaism (the Jewish religion). Paul, who used to be Saul, even viciously fought this "way". Something happened. This religious man had a direct encounter with Jesus. We read about this account in Acts chapter 9. This man would never be the same. He never returned to teaching or observing the way of Judaism as means of salvation again. In fact, he was martyred for teaching the cross of Christ. He understood that the law of Moses could only bring us to the knowledge of sin but was powerless to save (see Romans 8:3). He was resolved in his call and mission. Nothing could, or would, derail him from this message. Even in the midst of fierce opposition by the religious people of his day, Paul fought a good fight and kept the faith (see 2 Timothy 4:6-8). The gospel of grace was the life mission of this emissary (see Acts 20:24).
One thing I am certain of, and I am convinced without doubt, that ONLY THE CROSS OF CHRIST CAN SAVE!!!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me to trust in Christ and Christ Alone!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris