In this devotional we will be looking at the glorious message found in Gals 6:14-15…
“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 any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:14-15 KJV)
Our devotionals will be looking at:
- Glorying In The Cross (Gal 6:14a)
- The Dual Crucifixion (Gal 6:14b)
- Circumcision To No Avail (Gal 6:15a)
- A New Creature (Gal 6:15b)
In each of these devotionals our prevailing topic will be the sufficiency of Christ and the insufficiency of man to bring about the transformation of an individual’s life.
Galatians 6:15 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision”
Please keep in mind, the main theme of this section of Scripture involves answering the question, who is to be given the credit for a life that has been transformed from guilt and the slavery of sin, to forgiveness and service to Christ.
We now look at the role of good works and human lineage in receiving salvation and a transformed life…
For in Christ Jesus
Galatians 3:26-28 helps us to understand what it means for a Christian to be “in Christ” –
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In other words, to be “in Christ” refers to a Christian being identified with Christ due to his exercise of faith, baptism, public testimony for Christ, and his union with Christ and other Christians.
To summarize, to be “in Christ” refers to the Christian being identified as one of Christ’s due to an exercise of saving faith which results in union with Christ and a transformed life.
neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision
When people are identified as being truly saved (in other words, they are “in Christ”), they cannot give credit for their salvation to their circumcision (or their lack of circumcision).
What does circumcision refer to in this text. Throughout both testaments, circumcision, on a physical level, outwardly declared that a person was a member of the nation of Israel. Physical circumcision also had a religious aspect to it, it was an outward declaration that this person was a worshipper of Jehovah.
When Paul tells us that we cannot give our circumcision credit for our life-changing salvation experience, he is saying that both our physical lineage and the performance of outward religious acts cannot secure salvation, nor can it produce a changed life in Christ.
Just because we are of a certain nationality, Christ is not a respecter of persons. A person of any nationality, gender, or social status can attain salvation and a changed life through Him and Him alone…
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)
Likewise, the Scriptures are equally clear that all of our good works which we can perform will never be able to secure our salvation…
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)
Summary Of Our Study
Truly our physical lineage and the good works of our hands can never bring about a changed life. This can only be had through the gracious intervention of Christ as He saves us, cleansing our hearts and minds and producing a changed life that bears the fruits of the Spirit.
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