The Cross 1 Cor. 2:2 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
We must continue to preach the cross. It is one of the most important aspects of our Christian life. We are reminded of the cross when we read the Bible, when we sing hymns, and when we preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Without the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, we could not be saved.
The cross is where we:
We die to our sins – Rom 6:6-7. When you are crucified with Christ you are dead. And he that is dead is freed from sin. That’s why Paul admonished us to reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, Rom 6:11. In this way, we keep sin from reigning in our mortal bodies, Rom 6:12.
We die to the world – Gal 6:14. And the world dies to us. The world loses its grip on us when we are crucified with Christ. Jesus defeated all of his enemies when he died and then rose again. And we are victorious over our enemies when we die with Christ and walk in the newness of life. This is how we lose our interest in the world. We set our affections on things above, instead.
We die to ourselves – Gal 2:20. Bob Jones, Sr. said, “No doubt the trouble is with you”. On the cross with Christ, you die to your ambition, your lust, your demands, your pride, your reputation, your attitude, your opinion, your selfishness, your self-will, your thoughts, your imaginations and whatever else keeps you from the full knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
Conclusion: The cross is an unpopular doctrine in the Bible but it is one of the most essential. Take your place with Christ in his death. That’s where he triumphed over Satan and that’s where you and I can live victoriously.