The Message of the Cross

05Dec06

The message of the cross is simple. It is who Jesus is & what He did at the cross for us. Just trust Him. Heb 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. God will deal with you concerning the sin nature. Heb 12:11 “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby”. Rom 6:22 “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life”. In all chastisement & persecution cling to the cross remembering Jesus paid the price for us on the cross, it wasn’t in vain, He will see you through.

There are many false authors and finishers of faith such as Rick Warren with his book “The Purpose Driven Life”. When one looks at the book, The Purpose Driven Life, one has to be concerned when any book makes a claim, which it does, “This book will change your life!”–there is only one book that will change your life and that’s the Bible.

Another is Bill McCartney with his Promise Keepers. Bill McCartney has described a main goal of Promise Keepers: “You’ve seen the downward spiral of morality in this nation, It can all be traced to an absence of Almighty God. Men of integrity – promise keepers – are what’s going to turn this thing around.” Only what Jesus did at the cross can turn it around. People have to turn to the cross. Promise Keepers will not turn it around.

“Repent” means to turn to God. Their is no turning away from sin without the cross. Mark 1:15 “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel”. Thayer Definition: 1) to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent

Luke 22:31 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”.

Converted: epistrephō — to revert (literally, figuratively or morally): – come (go) again, convert, (re-) turn (about, again).
Satan didn’t desire to sift Peter as wheat (Jesus was mocking Satan), Jesus was referring to the final outcome. Luke 3:17 “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable”. To “sift as wheat” means to remove the chaff (represents sin & other flaws). Rom 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. Jesus turned around what Satan meant for harm and made it for Peter’s good.

When you are in desperation or in search for something the world can’t give, call on Jesus. Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

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