Galatians 6.11-18 (see below)
I. A show of the flesh requires adherence to rules to avoid the cross and its persecution
Application: Have I picked up the cross fo Christ DAILY – denying the flesh to follow Christ in His ways?
II. Glory in the cross – which by Christ the world is crucified unto me and me to the world – instead of glorying in keeping the law.
Application: How is the world crucified unto me and how am I crucified unto the world today — THAT is the glory of the cross and the evidence of the Spirit of God in my life!
III. A new creation avails much in Christ
Application: ALL things have become new: what evidence of my being a NEW creation is there today??!!
IV. When I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus, NO MAN can trouble me!
Application: Does my body bear the mark/ownership of Jesus as Lord, or do I let MAN trouble and agitate me?!
Is my GLORY in the flesh or by living in the Spirit — Christ in me the hope of glory?!
“Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 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. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”
(Gal 6:11-18 KJVS)