Three Crosses And The Treasures Of The World -- By: S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.

Journal: Emmaus Journal
Volume: EMJ 17:1 (Summer 2008)
Article: Three Crosses And The Treasures Of The World
Author: S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.

Three Crosses And The Treasures Of The World

An Exposition Of Galatians 6:11-181

S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.

Lewis Johnson served as a teaching elder and regularly ministered the Word at Believers Chapel in Dallas for more than thirty years. During that time he spoke at conferences in Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, Jamaica, and Europe. During his academic career he held professorships in New Testament and Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also served as visiting Professor of New Testament at Grace Theological Seminary and as visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, Netherlands. At the time of his death in January 2004 he was Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Dallas Seminary. Both MP3 files and printed notes of Dr. Johnson’s sermons and theological lectures may be downloaded from the web site of the SLJ Institute «».


The apostle has now reached the end of his great letter. Only a few lines remain. The labored writing in the scrawling, sprawling hand is coming to its close. In his other letters it was his custom to dictate the body of the letter and add a final salutation and signature, as he says in his second letter to the Thessalonians, “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write” (2 Thess. 3:17).

This time, however, it is not a line and a signature. The entire letter has been his own composition and writing. It is to this that he now calls attention. “See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!” (Gal. 6:11, NKJV).2 The large letters (not “how large a letter,” as the KJV has it)3 are not

written to suggest to his immature readers that he is treating them like children, that is, accentuating their immaturity by sending them a message in the large,

untidy letters of a child.4 Nor has he used the large letters for emphasis “to arrest the eye and rivet the mind,” as Lightfoot puts it.5 No, the large letters are a necessi...

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