Pristine Grace

The World is Crucified to Us
And We Are Crucified to the World
by Tim James
The World is Crucified to Us

"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 [KJV]

     Paul here is dogmatically declaring that with every fiber of our being, with every thought, word and deed WE ARE TO DETERMINE TO HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN ANYTHING BUT CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED. He does not suggest or imply any other course of action on the part of the believer. THE CRUCIFIXION OF OUR LORD SETTLED EVERYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH OUR ACCEPTANCE BEFORE GOD. WE ARE COMPLETE IN CHRIST. HE IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, WISDOM, SANCTIFICATION AND REDEMPTION. WE TRUST NO MERIT BUT HIS. WE TRUST NO WORK BUT HIS. WE DISCOUNT, DISAVOW, DENY, DESPISE, DISCREDIT, DISDAIN AND DISOWN ANY NOTION OF ANYTHING THAT EVEN HINTS THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS. THIS GLORY BELONGS TO CHRIST ALONE.

     Paul declares that this wondrous redemption, FULLY AND SOLELY ACCOMPLISHED BY CHRIST, brings about two results.

  1. The world is crucified to us.
  2. We are crucified to the world.

     Simply stated, this means that the world and it useless religion is nothing to us who believe. IT HAS NO EFFECT UPON US. IT IS DEAD. IT IS A LIVING DEATH, THRIVING AS A MAGGOT ON THE NECROTIC TISSUE OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, SATISFIED ONLY BY CORRUPTION. We are new creatures in Christ. The world knows nothing of us; it neither hinders nor helps us, stirs us nor soothes us. It is a dead thing reckon it to be so and bury it. Likewise, we are dead to the world. That which moves and motivates the world is not part of us. THE WORLD LOOKS ON US AS FOOLISH, DISCOUNTING OUR TALK OF SOVEREIGN GRACE, LAUGHING US TO SCORN. THE WORLD IS AMAZED THAT WE NEITHER DESIRE NOR EMBRACE ANYTHING THAT IT LOVES AND RELIES UPON FOR SALVATION. WE ARE DEAD TO ITS FREE WILL, ITS INVITATION SYSTEM, ITS ALTARS, ITS SACRIFICES, ITS MERIT, ITS METHODS AND ITS MUSINGS. WE ARE CRUCIFIED TO THE WORLD. RECKON IT TO BE SO. "