Galatians 6:11-18

Boasting in the Cross


Well Paul has reached the end of his letter – This letter was different for Paul according to verse11 Paul penned this himself

A) According to 2Thess 3:17 Paul's custom was to dictate his letters through a stenographer, then he'd personally sign them to assure their authenticity.


B) But this letter was an exception. Paul was so passionate about his message to the Galatians,

1) So concerned about the grace of God, that he wrote this letter with his own hand. He penned it himself.{ He Wrote w/ Large letters


C) Some people assume Paul wrote in large letters because he was having problems with his eyes. His thorn in the flesh

1) But it also could've been a attempt to make sure the Galatians were able to read every word.


D) At the bottom of the Declaration of Independence you find the words "John Hancock" signed in abnormally large letters.

1) Hancock said he used such large script to be sure King George saw his name.


E) That could be another possible reason: Bold face print was used to stress a bold message.

1) Galatians is a letter that – Proclaims a bold message toward anyone who would seek to undermine the grace of God – Let them be accursed!!!!


Now as Paul concludes this letter he sums up a few of his main points

Starting w/ the Hypocrisy of the Judiazers / the Legalist { RD v.12-13

12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.


A) Paul declares in v.13 that the legalist were not serious about their message - 

1) There were areas of the law they preached but didn’t follow!!!


B) And that the real motive behind their “ministry” was to make a good showing so they could boast in their flesh –


C) The legalists pretended to be motivated out of concern for the ones they tried to bring under the law.

1) But Paul saw thru their deception, he saw their motive was really selfish,

simply desiring the honor and glory of a good showing in the flesh.


D) They wanted the Galatians to become circumcised so they could wear the submission of these Gentiles as a badge of achievement.

1) Notches in their belts of converts to Judaism –


So Paul points out the Hypocrisy of the Judaizers wanting to glory in the flesh – and Contrast that w/ his motive – Glory in the Cross V.14

14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world


A)There are a lot of different things that People Choose to Boast in today:

1) Some seek to Boast in their Intellect – Reject the message of the cross and the existence of God – because it seems foolish to them


B) They feel that they have life all figured out – they believe that we are the result of a big bang –


C) And yet if you tried to convince them that the new car in their drive was the result of an explosion – Rock & a snail colliding – think your mad

1) Yet the Universe that we live in is a billion times more complex than any car / plane or whatever man in his wisdom has created



Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “It takes no brains to be an atheist. Any stupid person can deny the existence of a supernatural power because man’s physical senses cannot detect it. But there cannot be ignored the mystery of first life … or the marvelous order in which the universe moves about us. All of these evidence the handiwork of a Powerful Deity. That Deity is the God of the Bible and Christ, His Son.”


When his trusted plane, Spirit of St. Louis, was midway on its transatlantic flight between New York and Paris, Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh began to think of the smallness of man and the deficiency of his devices, and the greatness and marvels of God’s universe.

He mused, “It’s hard to be an agnostic here in the Spirit of St. Louis when I am so aware of the frailty of man’s devices. If one dies, all God’s creation goes on existing in a plan so perfectly balanced, so wondrously simple and yet so incredibly complex that it is beyond our comprehension. There’s the infinite magnitude of the universe, the infinite detail, and man’s consciousness of it all—a world audience to what, if not to God.”


So there are those who choose to Boast in their Intellect- while others choose instead to boast in their religious affiliation

A) They are a 4th Generation Baptist  - they are Catholic / Episcopal

Calvary Chapel


B) That is the Basis of their confidence before God – their religious affiliation


C) And for others it is their good works – You ask them why God would accept them – classic answer – Well I am a good person – I’m Honest

1) If you could get into heaven by being a good person – then why did  God send His Beloved Son to die for your Sins?


D) People have a number of Reasons that they choose to Boast


E) Churches fall into that trap: Boast in their membership – the # of people that attend their services

1) Some boast in their wonderful programs – { greatest this or that

  For some it is their Buildings – or their Music


A) Now what is interesting is from a purely human perspective Paul had a lot that He could boast in.


B) Brilliant mind : Modern day lawyers – are astounded at his logic and arguing – [ top notch – first class]


C)  Paul was the top student of the famed rabbi – Gameliel – He was in line to be his successor prior to his conversation

1) Paul had awesome Pedigree & Past –


Phil 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:5 circumcised the Eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.


D) That was Paul’s Pedigree – He was Brilliant / He was religious{ Pharisee / He was good – {Blameless in keeping the Law

1) He was Zealous – he persecuted the Christians


E) And because of all of that Paul was held in very high esteem with in the Jewish Community – but He was also – very lost


So for that Reason Paul went on to say: Phil 3:7  But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;


A)Paul didn’t boast in any of those things – but Choose instead to count them as dung – that He might Have Christ – His Boast was in the Cross


B) The Judiazers were embarrassed by the cross, but to Paul it was his source of pride - he bragged about the cross.

1) He gloried in the cross.


C) Paul accomplished more for the cause of Christ than any other human. Yet when he looked at his resume he found nothing in which to boast.

1) Paul was a product of the cross - so boast in the source, not the response.


D) Think of it this way:    Its hot day, your throat is parched, your desperate for a drink of something cold and wet.

1) You tip a big bottle of Gatorade and it quenches  your thirst.


E) Then you start bragging about the bottle - it don't make sense. You don't boast in the vessel - you take glory in its contents!


Why did Paul Glory in the Cross ? - 6 REASONS

#1 In the Cross Paul saw a Matchless exhibition of the attributes of God

A) The Cross presents for us a Beautiful combination of God’s Justice and mercy seen side by side


B) The Cross depicts for us the Justice of God that He is a Just God who cannot let sin go unpunished


C) The Cross depicts the Love of God in His Desire to save Mankind

1) And in His wisdom of God that He came up w/ a plan of how to deal w/ a plan as to how His Love & Justice could Coexist { He would pay the Price –




So #1 Paul gloried in the Cross because it was a Matchless exhibition of the Attributes of God   


#2 Paul gloried in the Cross because it accomplished the Removal of our sins   1 John 3:5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins,      Amanda Playing w/ Calculator-  CLEAR !!!!!

Ps 103:10, 12

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.


2 Cor 5:21 For God  made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


A sin less Jesus became sin filled so that sin filled people could be sin free


So the 2nd Reason Paul gloried in the Cross – was because it accomplished the removal of Sin – and Continues to do so !!

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Reason #3 Paul Gloried or Boasted in the Cross – is because The Cross removes not only our sin but our Guilt

A) Cross declares we are Justified – Not just forgiven / not Pardoned but declared righteous – Removal of Guilt


B) Guilt plagues people – Mental hospital – release ½ of my patients if I could just find a way to rid them of their guilt

1) Guilt works like an inescapable video-tape machine that refuses to forget the mistakes we've made!!


C) Reason we feel Guilty is because we are Guilty – we have sinned –

1) But because of the Cross – Guilt is Removed


Rom 5:1-3 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.




Reason #4 Paul gloried in the Cross because of the source of Rest it Provides to the Believer

A) It is finished { Complete enter into His rest – It is finished

                              DONE NOT DO


Heb 4:9-10 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.


B) Which is why Paul says in v. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation


C) In Christ – New Creation old things have passed away all things become new !!!



Reason #5 Paul gloried in the Cross – because the poor sinner is made rich thru it !!!!

2 Cor 8:9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.


A beggar stopped a lawyer on the street in a large southern city and asked him for a quarter.  Taking a long, hard look into the man's unshaven face, the attorney asked, "Don't I know you from somewhere?" "You should," came the reply. 


"I'm your former classmate.  Remember, second floor, old Main Hall?"  "Why Sam, of course I know you!" Without further question the lawyer wrote a check for $4000. "Here, take this and get a new start.  I don't care what's happened in the past, it's the future that counts." And with that he hurried on.


Tears welled up in the man's eyes as he walked to a bank nearby. Stopping at the door, he saw through the glass well-dressed tellers and the spotlessly clean interior.  Then he looked at his filthy rags. he muttered as he turned away. "They won't take this from me. They'll swear that I forged it,"


The next day the two men met again. "Why Sam, what did you do with my check?  Gamble it away?  Drink it up?" No," said the beggar as he pulled it out of his dirty shirt pocket and told why he hadn't cashed it.  " "Listen, friend," said the lawyer.  "What makes that check good is not your clothes or appearance, but my signature.  Go on, cash it!"


 The Bible says, Come to Christ – made rich – in Him { Access to God – Jesus name is on the Check - "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  That promise is a Check of infinite value.  And as sinners, all we need to do is "exchange" it by faith for eternal life.


  Don't let the "tattered clothes" of your past keep you from cashing God's "check" of salvation.



Reason #6 Paul gloried in the cross because of the effect it had on his life

V.14 Paul said that the world has been crucified to me & I to the world

A)CHS called the cross “The greatest moral Power in the world”


B) In other words the Cross in the greatest motivator for living a moral life in the world

1) See what Christ has done for me – I was doomed to Hell / I was separated from God / I was lost


C) He rescued me – the natural response is to live for Him


D) So in light of the Cross Paul said this world has nothing to offer me


Everything that this world says is important – Wealth / Power / Prestige / Position is of no value if I am not right w/ God !!!!

A) The world was crucified to Paul – no longer living for those things – learned to be content w/ much or w/ little – as long as he had Christ


B) Not only was the world Crucified to Paul but Paul was also Crucified to it

1) The very people who praised Paul for his religious Zeal – for his great mind – turned against him when he turned to Christ

C) His biggest supporters became his biggest adversaries after he was saved- so often that is the case !!!


Paul sums up his thoughts - Gal 6:16-17

And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.  17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.


A) The Judaizers not only questioned the legitimacy of Paul's message, they also questioned the sincerity of his ministry.


B) Finally, he takes off his shirt and there on his stomach and back are a checkerboard of scars.

1) His scars were the result of beatings  he endured to bring the Gospel to Galatia. His sincerity was seen in his scars.


Adoniram Judson was a missionary to Burma. For seven years he was imprisoned, and kept in leg-irons and handcuffs for preaching the Gospel. His wrists and ankles bore the scars.

Upon his release he asked the king of Burma if he might be granted permission to preach Jesus.


The king responded, "My people are not fools enough to listen to anything a missionary might SAY, but I fear they might be impressed by your SCARS and turn to your religion."


C) Paul’s scars spoke of his sincerity to the Cross of Christ !!!


Gal 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Paul ends his letter the way he started it with grace


Let me close with a quote that sums up Galatians, "Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. Your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace."


We stand, and live, and grow - all through... amazing grace.