Boasting in the Cross (Gal. 6:14)
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 14th Tuesday
“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.” (Galatians 6:14)
What do you understand this to mean? Would it mean:
- We are in the world but not of it?
- Our citizenship is in heaven?
- Our priorities and loyalties are not earthly, but heavenly?
In practical terms what does this mean?
Are these just platitudes or do we live like its true?
Imagine you have an American female friend who has taken a job in Japan to teach English. While she is in Japan she will, no doubt, observe all the laws of Japan, be courteous and polite regarding their customs and culture, yet do you think she we feel, act, and think like she is Japanese? Or will her heart still be American?
While we are in the world, where is our heart? Are we loyal to our country or to God? Are the goals of our country and God always aligned?
Do you think politicians attempt to use religion? What should our attitude be?
Read last paragraph,
“The cross of Christ changes everything for the believer. It challenges us not only to reevaluate how we view ourselves but also how we relate to the world. The world — this present evil age and all that it entails (1 John 2:16) — stands in opposition to God. Because we have died with Christ, the world no longer has the enslaving power it once held over us, and the old life that we once lived for the world is no longer. Following Paul’s analogy, the break between the believer and the world should be as if the two died to one another.”
Do you think Paul’s day was more evil than ours? Does our world stand in opposition to God? Can you give examples of common practices in the world which are in opposition to God and/or His design for His universe?
- Crime of all kinds
- Governmental attempts to control beliefs/conscience
- Non-marriage based family lifestyles
- Normalization and even promotion of tobacco, alcohol,drugs
Can you think of common practices in the church which are in opposition to God and/or His design for His universe?
- Authoritarian hierarchy
- Actions which punish free thinking
- Teaching God imposes law and punishes disobedience
- Teaching God kills, (i.e. God took your father to be with Him)
How can we free ourselves from the influence of everything that is opposed to God and His design for life?
When the Bible talks about dying to the world, or dying with Christ, what does this mean in practical terms?
Might it mean that our hearts disconnect from worldly attachments, we let go of our longing, and hold to practices, organizations, items (money, cars, houses, collections), and people, that are undermining our fitness for God’s cause?
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