- What did Paul say abolished the cross? When did Paul say its better to castrate?
What abolishes the work done on the cross?
“Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!” – Galatians 5:11-12
I could be wrong but I am pretty sure Paul was more than a little upset here as he talked about castration. But who were the ones he thought should be castrated?
It was the people teaching that following the law somehow got you closer to God!
What is the result of this type of teaching?
“In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.”
Christ is worth nothing if the law makes you righteous!
What He did on the cross is of no value at all if your works get you to God! This is why I say that the greatest trick of satan is to make you think that your effort will “win over” God- especially if that causes you to feel a compulsion to convert others to this cross-less Christianity.
Here is a choice spoken of again and again in the Bible:
1) Righteousness based on your effort- Resulting in shame, guilt and a never ending cycle of never doing enough. (Paul would pass you a knife as would Christ.)
2) Righteousness based on His Gift- Resulting in Love, Grace, Forgiveness, Faith, Thankfulness and Peace in the knowledge that Jesus paid it ALL! (Easy burden and light yoke)
Find a time when you can just take a few deep breathes and just relax in Him. As you take a few deep breathes if you sense any tension in your body just breathe into it and without effort relax that place. Once you feel a bit less stressed, breath normally again and:
Breathe in and say:
Breathe out and say:
“Is Jesus Alone”
Practice this way until you see it’s not about you and your effort- It’s ALL about His sacrifice and gift!