This will be my final article on the book of Galatians. It’s been a great ride and I hope that you have enjoyed it. For the complete articles from day one, you can visit my website at www.dwaynespearman.org. Let’s pick up in Galatians 4:14 where it 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.” Paul chooses to glory in the cross and not in how many people He has been a part of converting to Christ. He realized that he was doing his ministry as unto the Lord. One’s ministry will fail quickly when they begin to think that it is all because of them alone.
Note, “…the world has been crucified to me…” Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” In other words, the world no longer meant anything to Paul. We would all do well to take heed to that advice as well (1 John 2:15-17).
Notice v.15, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” All God wants is people to be born again by accepting his forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ. It’s not about where you were born or into what family or ethnicity; it’s about coming to Jesus.
Notice v.16, “And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.” God’s peace will rest upon those who walk according this will.
Notice v.17, “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Sadly, Paul spent his entire ministry justifying his apostleship.
Note, “…I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:24-25, “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;”
And notice, v.18, “Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” Amen!