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A Sermon on Galatians 6:14

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (ESV)

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The cross is a symbolic picture that has universal recognition. People wear cross jewelry, put crosses in their homes, and place pictures of them as their phone lock screens. But what is the meaning behind the cross? What does it represent? Does Scripture instruct us how to view the cross today? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points us to Galatians 6:14 as a way to test – positively or negatively – our understanding of the cross. Here the apostle Paul points out two aspects of the cross that are important to understand: he glories (boasts) in the cross and he glories in nothing else. The cross is his boast because of what took place on the cross as Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice. In relation to Christ’s great demonstration of love, everything else in the world fades in comparison. There is nothing left that is worthy of boasting in. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones draws out the implications for us today, he confronts us with the question, “Why should I glory in the cross today?” As you listen, reflect anew on the meaning of the cross. Consider the cross and the worthlessness of the world, the deliverance the cross provides from the Law, and the beautiful, wondrous character of the cross as the manifestation of God’s love and power. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Galatians 6:14, New American Standard Bible

14But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14, King James Version

14But 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.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.