“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
It is the purpose of the Five Fold Ministry, no matter their calling, to lift up the Cross of Christ Jesus to the people, to put the Promises of God in the mind of His People and to tell them the Promises of God are only through the Cross of Christ.
It this seems foolish to the people or to the preacher, the fact of the matter is that they are perishing because they are under law. Grant you, it is a religious law which seems right but it’s not of faith in the Cross of Christ and can therefore not be accepted by God to invoke Grace. God responds to faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
The price was high for our Redemption. It took God becoming man; manifesting in the flesh, to pay the penalty of sin and break the power of sin. If our religious works were sufficient to break the power of sin, then the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no!
If the Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Preacher or Teacher is not lifting up the Cross of Christ to draw God’s Children to Holiness and Righteousness, they are preaching another gospel, another Jesus and they are accursed. If someone continues to follow such teaching, they might as well bear with them. Because they have chosen to tolerate such false teachers and have not contended for the faith that was once given unto them, their mind has been corrupted.
“3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4
The promises of God are yes and amen to those who believe. His Grace IS sufficient. He has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us . He knows our name and wants to guide us through this pilgrim land if we will only look unto Him and believe that no matter the circumstances, He is able to keep us; to keep all that we have committed unto Him.
Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God looking to and fro to show Himself strong on those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Put the Cross of Christ in the minds of the people. Invoke them to believe…put them on the path to Canaan. Whether they stay or not is between them and the Lord. Keep planting and keep watering. The harvest is great. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren