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The Message of the Cross. The ‘crux’ Crux: cross Unmentionable in polite Roman society Crucifixion: ‘hang him on the unlucky tree’ – Cicero.

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1 The Message of the Cross

2 The ‘crux’ Crux: cross Unmentionable in polite Roman society Crucifixion: ‘hang him on the unlucky tree’ – Cicero

3 1 Co.1:18 We could understand if early Christians reluctantly admitted that Jesus died by crucifixion They actually boasted in it (Gal.6:14) All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell is terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning

4 I. The Message of the Cross, 1 Co.1:18

5 Jesus warns His disciples Mt.10:38 Mt.16:21…24 There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below

6 I.The Message of the Cross II. The Meaning of the Cross, 1 Co.2:2

7 The cross says something about Sacrifice. Mk.15:21…30. Jn.12: Shame. Ph.2:7-8. Jn.19:31. Mt.27:46 3. Sin. God could ignore our sin (unjust) We could pay for our sin (Lk.12:57-59) God could pay for our sin (cross). Ro.3 God could ignore our sin (unjust) We could pay for our sin (Lk.12:57-59) God could pay for our sin (cross). Ro.3

8 The cross says something about Sacrifice. Mk.15:21…30. Jn.12: Shame. Ph.2:7-8. Jn.19:31. Mt.27:46 3. Sin. 4. Spotless Savior. 1 Pt.1:19 Sin takes a lifeLife is in blood Sacrificially: Lamb Eternally: foreordained Historically: manifest

9 The cross says something about Sacrifice. Mk.15:21…30. Jn.12: Shame. Ph.2:7-8. Jn.19:31. Mt.27:46 3. Sin. 4. Spotless Savior. 1 Pt.1:19 5. Suppression. Col.2:14-15

10 The cross says something about Sacrifice. Mk.15:21…30. Jn.12: Shame. Ph.2:7-8. Jn.19:31. Mt.27:46 3. Sin. 4. Spotless Savior. 1 Pt.1:19 5. Suppression. Col.2: Sentence (eternity in hell). Mt.25:46

11 I.The Message of the Cross III. The Mark of the Cross, Gal.6:17 II. The Meaning of the Cross

12 Effects of the cross 1. Joy, Ep.2:16 2. Sanctification, Ph.3:18 3. Boasting, Gal.6:14 The Cross Not wood on which He died Not a sign His sufferings for the Lost The Cross Not wood on which He died Not a sign His sufferings for the Lost

13 Effects of the cross 1. Joy, Ep.2:16 2. Sanctification, Ph.3:18 3. Boasting, Gal.6:14. Cf. Galatians – 3:13, curse (10); 2 Co.5:21 5:11, offense. 1 Co.1: :12, persecution. Judaizers avoid it 6:14, boast: atoning death for me

14 Why boast? 1. Revealed God’s love to world. Ro.3; 6 2. Replaced God’s wrath w. mercy 3. Renounced world for cross Cross 1: Christ’s Jews mocked only one cross Cross 2: world... to Paul Paul viewed world as man on cross. Lk.23 Cross 3: Paul... to world Paul died to values of world

15 Boasters Jews: “children of Abraham” – Ro.2:23 Pharisees: “separated”; superior to others Judaizers: “flesh” – Gal.6:12 [14; 1 Tim.1:13] We cannot boast in ourselves and the cross at the same time [2:20; 5:24]

16 Why boast? 1. Revealed God’s love to world. Ro.3; 6 2. Replaced God’s wrath w. mercy 3. Renounced world for cross 4. Rescued from doom. Ro.5:6-8


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