Originally published in Pulpit Helps, February 2002
What a message we have to share with the world! The message of Grace is the only message. Religion is not what Christianity is. Christianity is a relationship with the living God through His Son Jesus Christ. It all goes back to the cross. In fact, the whole message of the book of Galatians could possibly be summed up in the message of the cross.
In the closing statements of this great epistle Paul says in Galatians 6:14: "But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
The cross is the message of not only Christ dying for us on the cross, but is also of our dying with Christ and being raised to walk in the newness of life. The hinge of the whole epistle to the Galatians is 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me."
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