The Cross Throughout the Scriptures – Part 28


29. Paul Discovers the Cross.

Paul would begin his teachings on the Cross by pointing to the forgiveness and grace of God.

We are not only forgiven as we embrace the Crucified-Risen Lord, but in view of the Cross, an eradication of sin forever, we are declared righteous.

He would focus in on the principle of reconciliation.

Not only was man reconciled to God but he was also reconciled to man (Jews and Gentiles – the wall of separation is broken down).

Paul finds in the Cross of Christ another advantage – freedom from the old sin nature and its inherent power to enslave and master him.

The cross of TLJC also puts an end to legalism.

COL 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

The Church was born crucified.

1CO 2:2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

2CO 5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

1CO 1:18 For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

No such power can break down the proud hearts of men like the word or the doctrine of the cross.

What happened to Jesus Christ as a representative Man, the Federal Head of the new creation, happened to him.

Christ was crucified and so was he, ROM 6:6.

Christ died and he shared in his Redeemer’s tomb, ROM 6:3.

Christ was made alive or quickened and so are we, EPH 2:5.

Christ arose from the dead and so are we (in spirit) with Him, ROM 6:4.

Christ ascended and is seated at the right hand of God and nothing less can be said of the Christian, EPH 2:4-6.

“enthroned together with Him,” EPH 2:4-6. (Weymouth translation)

PHI 1:29 Because to you it has been graciously given with reference concerning Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on behalf of Him,

JOH 6:68 “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”

COL 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is the church) in filling up that which is lacking with reference to the pressures of Christ.

PHI 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,

ROM 8:17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.

MAT 10:38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”

MAT 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

LUK 14:27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

Picking up your cross was not taught in the Old Testament because the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is vitally associated with the Cross.

Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries 2002

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