"IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST I GLORY" A New Hymn on Galatians 6:14 by hymn writer Kathleen Vick.
Take a look in any modern hymnal and search for an hymn on Galatians 6:14. You will find that the Gospel truth of this verse is hidden in music that claims to express it. Most so-called "sacred" songs that claim any reference to Galatians 6:14 reduce the truth of God's Word to nothing more than making the physical cross an image of idolatrous worship. And that's in the Christian church!
What about out there in the world? Crosses here! Crosses there! Crosses, crosses everywhere! Necklaces, ankle bracelets, earrings. On billboards, churches and hospitals. And especially in rock music videos and vampire movies.
Is the cross nothing more than a symbol of pop culture? Is it's meaning a relative thing? Is it okay to believe whatever you want to believe? "Oh yeah, the cross. It has something to do with Jesus. That's cool."
Please listen. What you know about and believe about the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ will determine your eternal destiny. It's the most important thing in the whole world.
Okay. So, what is the cross all about? And what does it mean to "GLORY IN THE CROSS"?
I'm so glad you asked! The Bible plainly declares it's meaning: THE CROSS IS A PROCLAMATION FROM THE LIVING GOD ALMIGHTY TO ALL MANKIND. The cross is a DECLARATION throughout all time: God has fully accomplished ALL that He intended to accomplish - that is, He has saved the "Israel of God - Jacob's Chosen Race" from their sin forevermore in the sacrifice of Himself at the cross. The sin of God's elect people were laid on Him and His marvelous death satisfied God's perfect justice on their behalf.
Did Christ die "for all"? Yes! ALL that the Father had given to the Son before the world began are recipients of the gift of eternal life in the forgiveness of sin, as John 6:37 declares. The LORD Jesus came "to save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21), and He accomplished this great work with infinite precision and perfection.
And so, every sinner, comprehending that they have been cleansed and purchased by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, will "GLORY IN THE CROSS". Every true believer, every blood-bought sinner, every soul saved from eternal hell and death receives this understanding by divine revelation of the Word by the Spirit of God. The LORD makes them to know, to surely know, that they have received a new heart and a new nature. Instead of hating and resenting God their Maker, they love and cherish God their Saviour.
Yes, Galatians 6:14 is unspeakably vast. How could it possibly be put into words? Thousands and thousands of Bible teachers, preachers and theologians have tackled it. How could someone like me be so bold as to write an hymn based on that verse? How could a nobody like me dare to put such a verse into words?
Yes, it's true. I am nobody. I'm just the offscouring. Nothing but stinking sores, head to foot.
But, that's the wonder of the Gospel! At the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, the poor, homeless, fatherless, destitute, broken, blind, imprisoned, starving sinner ascends from the dunghill to the highest heights of heavenly glory. The lame and the leprous are welcome to dine at the table of the King of Glory forevermore. The nothings, the nobodies, are embraced by God Himself in holiness and perfect righteousness. All our filthy garments made clean and white.
How can this be? The King of Glory became nobody, nothing. He became sin...for me.
Can anything in this old world compare with that? Is it any wonder, that every time I think on those words,"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world", I want to sing!
And maybe you want to sing, too. If you do, here's the music: http://media.sermonaudio.co...
Would you like to hear more about the essential teaching of God's Word, that the God of the Bible is the God Who has finished the work completely? He has saved His people from their sins! And by His Sovereign grace, wisdom and power, He makes His people willing to come to Him, willing to confess their sin, willing to repent and willing to confess Him before all men. By grace His people willingly seek Him with all their hearts forevermore.
Here is a wonderful sermon I hope will help you understand these profound mysteries - Pastor Todd Nibert of Todd's Road Grace Church on "WHY MEN HATE THE CROSS" http://www.sermonaudio.com/...
And here is one of the most sublime descriptions of Sovereign Grace ever spoken in the 20th century - D.M. Lloyd Jones in 1967 "A GOSPEL FOR SINNERS" - http://www.sermonaudio.com/...