CHRIST OUR RULE
Scripture Reading: Gal 6:12-18
12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
14 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.
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
The above Scriptures give insight into the ineffectiveness of the flesh when it comes to spiritual matters. In His Cross, Christ fulfilled the Law. All ordinances were rolled up into that One forever Transaction. Not only is the flesh ineffective, the truth is that it is dead. There is no glory in death, but Paul understood that any occasion for glory should be in The Cross of Christ Jesus. Through His obedience unto death, Jesus is the Head of the new creation. Ordinances must now give way to the new man who is created after God in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). When it is understood that only the new creature avails, a new rule emerges that we are to walk according to it.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. The Greek word for rule in this verse means a rod or straight piece of rounded wood to which anything is fastened to keep it straight. Immediately, verse 17 of First Corinthians rises from within. It states, "He that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit." Christ Jesus is our Rod to Whom we are joined or fastened to that we may be kept straight. He is the Rule of the new creation man. He is our Peace in Whom we come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy but also find grace in the time of need (Hebrews 4:16).