Preaching the Cross Part 2
Last week I said Satan has been successful in distorting the gospel by making the preaching of the cross of none effect. I said this because of what the apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 1:17&18:
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (Emphasis supplied).
Most people, including Christians, see the cross as a burden rather than the way to experience the saving power of God in their lives. I have been a Pastor for more than 36 years and I have yet to hear God’s people refer to the cross as something that has caused them to experience the freedom and liberating power of God. Most of the testimonies I have heard have been more in the direction of this popular saying:
I don’t like what I’m going through right now but this is my cross and I have got to bear my cross in order to win my crown.
This may sound good, but this is not the purpose of the cross. Paul tells us the purpose of the cross in Galatians 6:14&15 where he says:
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. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (Emphasis supplied).
The purpose of the cross is to make us new creatures. In order to do that it must crucify us to the world. In Galatians 2:20 Paul makes it clear how the cross of Christ accomplishes this. He says:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Emphasis supplied).
The cross of Christ is the way God crucifies the “I” in me so I can live by the power of the Jesus in me. When the cross is used for this purpose we will experience more and more of the rest that Jesus promised when He said:
Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
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