HOW IS THE CROSS PERCEIVED?
There are many different concepts & views of the Son of God dieing upon
1 Cor. 1:18, “For
the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us
which are saved it is the power of God.”
The preaching of the cross is the basic truth of the gospel.
1 Cor. 2:1-2, “And
I brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of
wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know
any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
1 Cor. 15:1-4,
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in
vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how
that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that
he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to
II. WHAT CAN YOU & I LEARN FROM THE CROSS?
WE CAN LEARN ABOUT GOD & HIS LOVE FOR US.
God is revealed through nature.
Psalm 19:1, “The
heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.”
Rom. 1:18-21, “For
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that
which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto
them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even
his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that,
when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were
thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was
God is also made known by His Son, Jesus Christ.
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus
saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known
me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou
then, Show us the Father?”
John 20:30-31, “And
many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples which are
not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life
through his name.”
The cross of Christ reveals the great love that God has for us.
John 3:16, “For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Rom. 5:8, “But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died
WE CAN LEARN OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF OUR GUILT OF SIN.
Rom. 3:10, 23, “As
it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
For all have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God;”
Rom. 6:23, “For the
wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
WE CAN LEARN THAT OUR RIGHTEOUS GOD CANNOT TOLERATE OR OVERLOOK SIN.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through
faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins
that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at
this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him
which believeth in Jesus.”
WE CAN COME TO REALIZE HOW IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO SAVE OURSELVES
BY OUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Eph. 2:8-9, “For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
WE TRULY COME TO REALIZE THE POWER OF GOD TO SAVE US.
Rom. 1:16, “For
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
WE SEE IN THE CROSS GOD’S MEANS OF OFFERING & PROVIDING US SALVATION.
Titus 2:11, “For
the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”
“Come unto me, all ye that labor 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.”
Heb. 2:9, “But we
see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of
death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should
taste death for every man.”
Eph. 1:7, “In
whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace;”
WE CAN COME TO REALIZE THAT WE CAN ACCEPT OR REJECT GOD’S OFFER OF
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God
is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and
worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”
WE COME TO REALIZE THAT WE MUST OBEY THE GOSPEL IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.
Heb. 5:8-9, “Though
he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And
being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them
that obey him;”
2 Thess. 1:7-9,
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be
revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking
vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord
WE LEARN OF THE NECESSITY OF FAITHFUL & SACRIFICAL LIVING.
Luke 9:23, “And he
said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
WE COME TO REALIZE THAT THE CHURCH IS THE REDEEMED.
Acts 20:28, “Take
heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy
Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood.”
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave
himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
WE COME TO REALIZE THAT ETERNAL LIFE IS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST & HIS
Titus 1:2, “In hope
of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world
Eph. 1:3, “Blessed
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us
with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
“Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to
the church daily such as should be saved.”
John 14:1-3, “Let
not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my
Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I
am, there ye may be also.”
In learning these great
truths from the cross of Christ you and I should apply them to our lives.