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12/02/2017

Galatians 2:5  To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Galatians 2:14  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Colossians 1:5  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 

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Which term is scripturally correct?

1 The message of the Cross?

2 The message of the Christ?

3 The gospel of the Cross?

4 The gospel of the Christ?

If you chose the latter, you are correct; and it is the gospel of THE Christ,

that we endeavor to preach to all the world. Mark 16:15; Luke 9:20

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The word message is used only three times in the New Testament.  In it’s first usage, the Greek word is akin to the word ambassador, or embassage; a message or commission entrusted to an ambassador. 

Luke 19:14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this [man] to reign over us.

The other two usages are in the First Epistle of John and are very close to the meaning of “gospel” and is probably referring to the “kingdom of God” of which Jesus taught and preached.

I John 1:5  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

I John 3:11  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

These two messages which John mentions could be considered portions of the broader good news or gospel message,” i.e., “the gospel of  Jesus, the Christ.”

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We began this segment by copying every verse where the word cross is used in the New Testament, KJV.  We then deleted some of the most repetitious verses.  The cross as mentioned in these next four verses deal with the literal cross which Jesus would bear, and die upon. 

John 19:17  And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

John 19:19  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

John 19:25  Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. *(three women; all named Mary.)

John 19:31  The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

The cross as used by Jesus in these four verses deal with the persecutions and physical sufferings that those who would follow Him would endure for His and His gospel’s sake. Of the original twelve apostles only Peter as far as we know literally died on a cross, and that upside down of his own choosing.

Matthew 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mark 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Luke 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

The cross is an integral  part of the gospel of Christ but it must not in any way share equal or greater importance with “Christ.”  It seems that in the scriptures “our cross” is in sharing with Christ, the persecution of Him and His gospel and whatever that may entail.  Even if that persecution comes down to literally dying on a cross, or by any other means, for His and His gospel’s sake; then let it be so.

I Corinthians 1:17-18

17  For Christ sent me not to baptize *(with water), but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  *(But what is this none effect of the cross of which the apostle Paul speaks?)

18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish *(all who are yet lost; all who are yet of this world) foolishness; but unto us … *(who) are saved it is the power of God.  *(The question we must ask at this point is; the power of God to do what?  Primarily it is to express, metaphorically, the “crucifixion [death] of our old man of sin [our old sin nature] which Jesus bore to the cross [in union with] himself, as he stood in the gap for us [Romans 6:6 below; Ezekiel 22:30].)

Romans 6:1-10

1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

3  Know ye not, that so *(as) many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ *(not water!) were baptized into his death?

4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised … *(JDG) from the dead by the glory of the Father *(the Holy Ghost), even so we also should *(would) walk in newness of life.

5  For if we have been planted *(buried) together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also *(be) in the likeness of his resurrection:

6  Knowing this, that our old man *(our old sin nature, was, and) is crucified with *(Strong’s Greek #4957 - to impale in company with [literally or figuratively: crucify with]) him, that the body *(the whole; the all; the entirety; the root) of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; *(because) death *(which is the end; the result; “the wages of sin; Romans 6:23) hath no more dominion over him *(Jesus, who [was] and is sinless, and those who were [and are] crucified with Him; which is every person on this planet who can and will believe it).

10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once *(to save us from sin): but in that he *(and all those who are of and in Him) liveth, he liveth unto God *(John 14:20; Colossians 3:1-3).

11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

12    … *(Strong’s Greek #G3361 [conjugationally] - Lest) sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Galatians 5:11  And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision *(which was a customary religious thing to do in those days, and yet is in some religions; along with many other customs and traditions), why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. *(There IS an offence of the cross, but WHY is the cross of Christ so offensive to some?  Could it be that they don’t want their sin, and sins, “taken away” [“crucified”]?)

There is an old saying, “Go along to get along,” which is always the easiest way (especially in this case) because there is an offence in Jesus Christ and His cross, and the truth as it is in Him; where SIN and THE DEVIL were defeated.  Why wouldn’t the devil persecute those who would declare the truth of the gospel of Jesus the Christ, against him?  Therefore, as always, it is easier to go with the flow; but God will judge those who do such things, both male and female.

Galatians 6:12  As many as desire to make a fair *(show) in the flesh, *(JDG) constrain you to be circumcised *(as well as to be baptized in water, and/or, anointed with oil, and/or, so many other customs and traditions of men; including other carryovers from the law of Moses [Colossians 2:14; below] in that, IT [the cross] was an instrumental part in the shedding of Jesus’ blood and taking His natural, physical life from Him. These are the things the sacrificial Lamb of God suffered that we could be made free from sin, and in that, receive God’s eternal life);  only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Galatians 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, *(by which and) by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both *(Jew and gentile) unto God in one body *(the natural, physical body of Jesus, the Christ) by the cross, having slain the enmity *(the division between the Jew and the gentile) thereby:

Philippians 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the *(despised) death of the cross.

How true are all these things of which we have just written; but I must point out that in the following verse the word THINGS, which is used three times, are translator added words which should NOT have been added in these three particular places.  The apostle Paul is NOT speaking here of THINGS, but, of human beings and their souls.)  I have replaced those three words in this verse with three ellipses (…). Please read the following verse with the understanding that there should NOT be an English WORD used where the three ellipses are.

Colossians 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him *(Jesus, the Christ) to reconcile all … *(mankind) unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be … in earth, or … in heaven.

Philippians 3:18-19

18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Colossians 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances *(the law of Moses and all other men’s religious laws, ordinances, and traditions) that … *(were, and are) against us, which was contrary to us, and took it *(the law of Moses) out of the way, nailing it *(and all other religious laws of men) to his *(Jesus’) cross;

But now:

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our FAITH *(which is the complete and true gospel of Jesus, the Christ); who for the joy that was set before him *(the salvation of all those who can and will believe it) endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Yes!  There is an offence in the cross, but it’s because of Jesus, the Christ:

John 15:20  “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”  Anyone and/or anything that has to do with Jesus Christ and the true gospel of Him; the one who made an end of sin and sins *(Daniel 9:24), IS subject to persecution.  But the cross without Jesus Christ was and is absolutely NOTHING but a piece, or pieces of wood.  The same goes for all other crosses, whatever they may be made of.  Though they be made of the most precious of metals set with the most precious of stones which many choose to wear upon their bodies and/or display in other settings.  Spiritually speaking they are all NOTHING in the eyes of God concerning salvation or anything else.  Nonetheless, I see many people wearing them that appear to me to be in great need of salvation.  JDG

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