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Enemies of the Cross (11 of 15)
Series: Studies In Philippians
Dr. Stan Coffey
Turn in your Bibles to Philippians 3:18. This message today is called "Enemies of the Cross."
Philippians 3:18-19 "(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: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)"
Now to the apostle Paul the center of his if and the center of his ministry and the center of all that a Christian ought to be and all that he was as a minister of the gospel was the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the apostle Paul, that is what it was all about. The fact that Christ died, that Christ was buried, that on the third day, Christ rose again according to the Scripture. And so to Paul, the cross and the preaching of the cross was a very precious thing and many times in his letters he refers to the cross. He will talk in one place about the preaching of the cross. He says for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us who are saved, it is the power of God. He will talk about the glory of the cross. The apostle Paul who was a great intellect, a great thinker, a great mind, a great teacher, a great scholar, a great preacher, a great missionary, a great man of God, if you would ask the apostle Paul what is the key of your success and to whom shall we give the credit for all that you have done in your great life? The apostle Paul would point to an old rugged cross and to a hill far away and he would say God forbid that I should glory saved in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. His entire ministry centered in the cross.
And this man, who was filled with the person, the power, and the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, was faithful in lifting up the cross. Now here in this passage, he calls people enemies of the cross. And it is an amazing thing to find that in the ...
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