Remember the old saying: So-and-so "wears their religion on their sleeve". What that means is they make sure you see everything they do and make sure you know they're "Godly" and Christians. All should know you're saved, but they should know how you got it and who gave it to you. So many want to be noticed for their goodness, works, religion, salvation, changes, and everything else they do. But Paul says I have nothing to boast of myself about. I've done nothing worth bragging about.
ILLUS.: Deacons were questioning young boy who wanted to join church about his salvation. How'd you get saved? He said, "Well, I done my part & God done His part." When asked about what he meant, he said, "My part was the sinning. God's part was the saving".
We sometimes forget that we owe everything to Jesus & what He done for us. Nothing good within me or in anything I do. My best is filthy rags. If I succeed, it's him. If I fight the fight, it's him. If I win, it's him. If I run the race; accomplish a task; win a victory; God forbid that I should glory but in the cross of Jesus Christ.
I owe it all to you Lord. All I have is yours Lord. You're the best thing that ever happened to me. Thanks to Calvary. All I am, have or ever will have or be I owe to Him. The Cross is:
1- God's altar of sacrifice. 1 Cor 5:7 "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:"
2- Our statue of liberty. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. (John 8:36)
3- The place of reconciliation. (Eph. 2:16)
Thanks to Calvary:
I- I'm Not The Man I Used To Be
Gal. 6:15 a new creature. That's what matters.
II Cor. 5:15-17 - new creature.
Not by turning over a new leaf, but by having a new birth.
Not by changing my ways, but by being changed from the inside.
Not by going to church, but by being saved & forgiven.
Now love what I once hated (& vica-versa)
II- We Have the Courage To Go On
Vs. 16 " ... as many as walk ... (& walk & walk & walk... )
He went a little farther (Mt. 26:39) than the disciples. (or any other man)
He drank his cup.
1- Suffering; Sorrow; Shame; Separation; Sin.
He willingly laid down his life.
Had power to lay it down & take up again.
III- We Have the Assurance of God's Mercy
Vs. 16 "walk according ... rule..." Glorying in cross, not self.
Phrase 'wrath of God' used 10 times. 1 in OT: (Psl. 78:31) 9 in NT. (John 3:36)
God's wrath revealed against sin. Exod. 32:10
Vs. 13, Moses reminded of Abe, etc. Ex. 34:7, God shows mercy.
1 Th 5:9 "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,"
Calvary was the lightning rod for God's wrath on man. Thanks to Calvary, I have mercy.
IV- We Are Free From Sin's Penalty
Vs. 14 World is dead to me, & I am dead to it.
Works of flesh brings death. (Gal. 5:19-21)
Soul that sins shall die.
James 1:15 "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."
Jesus said from cross: "IT IS FINISHED!" Paid the debt owed for our sin.