11 Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting.
12 Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. 13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples.
14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.
17 From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus.
18 Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
How does Paul sum up this letter in these closing verses? What struck you as you read them. Paul’s purpose in writing this letter was to counteract the false teachings of those who were harassing the Galatians into reverting to living under the demands of the Law.
Paul answers the question, “What counts?” I read that we have been, and are being, transformed into a new creation. How? I am being called to live by the principle of faith in Christ and in his cross. In fact, Paul is saying that it is all summed up in the cross of Christ. There are no rules that will transform us–it’s the cross.
“In the cross of Christ I glory!” And “Because of that cross, my interest in this world has waned. I have been crucified with Christ!” It’s all about Jesus and the cross!