According to This Rule


And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.  (Galatians 6:16)


The rule is this:  But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (v. 14a).  Paul was talking about the law and circumcision.  Folks were saying it was necessary to be Christian.  Paul said the only thing necessary is what happened on the cross — Jesus died for my sins, in my place, instead of me, as atonement.


I extrapolate this to my setting by saying a preaching method, or Bible translation, or church polity, or even secondary doctrines are not the measure of a Christian.  Only the cross.  This rule, when applied, brings peace and mercy.  With the cross as my focus, all other points of contention are trivial in comparison.  There is also the bonus peace and mercy for Israel. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6a)


Lord, thank you for the cross.  May your peace and mercy be on me and the Israel of God.