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GLORYING IN THE CROSS
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Christian is one who glories in the cross. “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Let us look at this. Paul does not merely say that he admires it, that the cross is simply beautiful and marvelous. No; he does not stand there just admiring it or merely praising it. I want to go further—he does not just believe it. He does not merely accept its message intellectually.
I am going to test you, my friends. The Christian is a man who does not only believe in the cross—he glories in it! What do you mean by that? says someone. Well, I mean the same as the writer (J.Bowring) of the hymn when he says:
In the Cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.
He rejoices in it. The word that the apostle actually uses here is a very strong one. He says “God forbid that I should boast.” He makes his boast of it. He says these Jews are the people who want to have you circumcised in order that they may boast about their converts. They want to boast in your flesh. They are out for their own success and their own name. “Oh,” says the apostle, “I boast in nothing, and God forbid that I should, save in the cross of Christ.”
A Thought to Ponder
The Christian is a man who does not only believe in the cross—he glories in it!
From The Cross, pp. 53-54.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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