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Looking Towards the Cross

21 Feb

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

Paul: famous apostle of Christ, someone whose written fourteen book (known books, that is, it’s still unknown if he wrote Hebrews) of the Bible, and someone who despite beatings, whippings, and ship wrecks, persevered… Went to the Corinthians with fear, trembling, and weakness, in order to better share the Gospel with them. Not only that, but he even resolved to know nothing while he was with them but the Gospel (of Jesus). So, after reading all that, it seems rather apparent that the Gospel is important… Except, of course, in this day and age, where it needs to take a back-seat, right? After all, people today need ten steps to overcoming! They need six ways to stop getting drunk! Yes, the Gospel is vitally important to get people saved, but then we really need to put it in a corner by itself and give them “solid teaching.” — Let’s let the Bible decide if this line of thinking is wrong or right:

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:1-5)

“Standing,” implies the present tense: they were still “standing” on the Gospel, even after they had been saved. — Something which is vitally important, is the realization that the Gospel isn’t just meant to “save people,” and then put to the side. Rather, it’s the very power of God (See: Corinthians 1:5), and should be treated as such. With that being said, Paul also says this in the following verse (the verse after the one quoted earlier from 1 Corinthians):

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. (1 Corinthians 2:6)

Yes the Gospel is vitally important, and is the power of God, even so, people still do need to be taught how to avoid temptation, etc. and please don’t think i’m not saying otherwise. But we should never lose sight of the cross! This is what the author of Hebrews says on the matter:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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2 responses to “Looking Towards the Cross

  1. Mike

    February 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    This is wonderful teaching, much needed!

     

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