“As for me,” Paul writes in the closing of his letter to the church in Galatia, “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. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a New Creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.” Galatians 6:14-16 NLT
The Cross of Jesus Christ stands as the supreme example of God’s Righteousness, God’s Mercy, and God’s Love. No work of man, no matter how religious, no matter how earnest, will ever compare with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. A man may boast among men, but never before God.
The cross at once shows both the hopeless state of all men without God, and the vast gulf between the righteousness of God and the norms of this world. On the Cross, God condemned sin; and, at the cross, the world rejected God.
The only way forward to eternal life in God’s favor is to have faith in Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Him part company with the world of struggling for personal achievement, of bragging about one’s own superiority; and the world loses interest in them. But God has accepted these as His own people, His own family in fact. He blesses them with His mercy, new every morning, and His peace, which passes all understanding.