INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
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 “… But a new creature”
In the context of this phrase the Bible is comparing the reason why we are to glory only in the cross of Christ for our salvation. We are told in the preceding phrase that circumcision (representative of human lineage and good works) will not secure salvation for us. What is key to our attaining salvation and a new life in Christ? …
But a new creature
Salvation comes to us as we are made into a new creation through the intervention of Christ. If a person has not become a new creation, they are not saved. There are no exceptions to this.
In what way(s) are we made new? In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told that…
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
The Christian is made new in EVERY way. But how can this be? The key to understanding this passage is to understand the change of heart (love and desires) that takes place at our salvation. When a Christian is saved they are giving a heart of love for their Lord and a desire to put Him first in EVERY aspect of their life. This changes everything for the Christian.
When we love the Lord above all others, our attitudes about sin, loving and helping others, the importance of Scripture, our quality of work at the workplace, leading our families all change… the list is endless.
When we begin to put the Lord first in every aspect of our life it changes us in every area of our existence. We manifest our love for our Lord in our thinking, motivations, and actions. We truly become new creatures in Him as every aspect of our life changes.
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)
This does not mean that we never sin, it simply means that when we sin, we regret it, abhor it, repent of it and seek to rid it from our lives, instead of enjoying it and not caring about retaining it in our lives.
Summary Of Our Study
So when we recognize the great change that has taken place within us, why do we glory in the cross of Christ instead of glorying in our physical lineage or works? It is because that great change has ONLY taken place through the gracious intercession of the Lord Jesus into our lives.
When we didn’t want Him, He lovingly brought us to Himself.
When we didn’t see our great need, He mercifully opened our eyes to the horrible condition we were in.
When we couldn’t repent nor believe in Him, He graciously gave us these wondrous gifts.
Even now following our salvation, any good thing that we do for Him is only due to the enabling of His Spirit which He has placed in each one of us.
This is why we can only boast in Christ for the great change that has taken place in our lives!
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