SUBJ: The reason of glorying in the
cross of Christ and the effects seen when we do.
AIM: That we might glory in the
cross in a consistent manner.
INTR: The possibility of improper
glorying is certainly in view. That possibility does not negate the
mandate to glory in the right way – in the Cross of Christ
problem with the Galatians was self righteousness and legalism.
That characteristic of both conditions that personal glory is claimed
and that was often due to convincing others to become involved in their
ordinances and the bondage that followed
3. A proper view of the
cross takes away any basis for human glory – pride is effectually slain.
THESIS: We rejoice and glory in
what Christ has accomplished and the benefits that fall to us as a
result. We certainly do not glory in our acceptance or approval. We
point ourselves and others to Christ alone.
I. The Glory of the
1. Many are given to wearing crosses as jewelry; still others
may make it merely symbolic in the way they think of it – paying homage
to a concept without the substance.
2. Where true glory is to be
seen. We compare the glory referenced here with that of 2 Corinthians
4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath
shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of
God in the face of Jesus Christ. This reference is to doxa glory – the
glory of all His counsels and that worked in their hearts.
should often ask, “What really happened at the cross?” This is the
subject of a great cover-up by the world and religionists in general.
4. The cross is more than a mere symbol: it is
substance of His suffering inflicted by man and God and that visitation
of the wrath of God goes much deeper than man can see.
vicarious suffering for those He came to deliver.
5. But, why glory
here? Why not about something else; and consider that man glories in
1) Consider the enormity of the enemy and the greater demands of
2) Consider the absolute demand of God with regard to sin
3) Consider the magnitude of the task – What it took to take away sin
and to appease an angry God.
4) The greatness of the victory – no
enemy left standing; the nature of our release from the bondage of sin:
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he
also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And
deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject
to bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15
5) This is indeed a reason that we boast
in Christ our Lord
6) Consider what was required that I might be able
to say, “I am saved.” Sin is atoned for and I am safe from the enemy of
II. The world crucified unto me
1. My involvement
with the world necessitated the cross
2. What do we see? Do we see
the enmity against God nailed there? Do we see the enmity against us
hanging there? Do we see ourselves there?
3. Consider: Colossians
2:14-15 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his
cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew
of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
4. Consider: 19 For I
through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 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. Galatians 2:19-20
5. Trials, temptations, etc. no longer can ultimately overcome. He has
power over them all.
6. Consider a scene where the bodies of executed
criminals are in view. As the repulsive as it may be, we no longer fear
that they might harm us.
7. The world is crucified (crossed out) as
far as we are concerned.
III. I am crucified to the World
Consider the practice of Jews and Muslims and others who will declare
one of their own dead if they defect (they may even kill them).
While we may not witness to same intensity in the world hatred we will
still be viewed as an outsider and not one of them.
3. Neither the
world nor Pharisaic religion can tolerate nonconformity. Where there is
a glorying in the cross – its necessity and accomplishment are
proclaimed we will be found unacceptable.
4. The cross is a stumbling
block to the world because therein is human pride and boasting
5. The world consider us dead; But, Jesus came that His
sheep might have life and have it more abundantly.