“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
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.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
The “message of the Cross” or the “preaching of the Cross” is bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross BACK to the church for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. The modern church has lifted up 40 days of purpose, feasts, festivals, ceremonies, traditions and self efforts to overcome the sin that so easily besets us. This other gospel is accursed and requires the Believer to do “their part” to conjure up their best life now.
Jesus’ finished work on Calvary’s Cross, as the Sacrificial Lamb of God, paid the sin debt to God for whosoever will believe that they are a sinner in need of a Saviour and Jesus Christ’s atoning work on the Cross is the only way man can be saved. There is nothing else needed to be saved…NOTHING. Some believe one must be baptized in water to be save but they are wrong. Jesus’ work is enough. Others believe one must be a member of a church to be saved but they are wrong. Jesus’ work is enough. I could go on and on but you get the picture regarding our Salvation given freely to whosoever will believe upon Jesus Christ as their Saviour and their Lord…Jesus’ finished work is ENOUGH.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14.
Jesus’ finished work on the Cross was two fold. Not only did Jesus Christ save our soul from eternal damnation, He also gave Believers dominion over their sin nature. However, the problem is Believers have not believed Jesus for dominion over their sin nature because the modern church has taught them methods of man from vanities of their own mind to overcome sin. In their self efforts they have struggled in vain to overthrow their bondage. If our self efforts could overthrow bondage, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free the Believer from the law of sin and death if the Believer’s faith is in their self efforts. The preaching of the Cross is an offense to those whose faith is in their self efforts (works) for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil…but to those of us who are saved It is the power of God. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is coming back to the church and calling them to repentance. Don’t add His Gospel to the other gospel being lifted up for deliverance in the modern church. Repent of the other gospel and come back to the Cross of Calvary. Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else.
-Donna Clark Warren