The Why of the Cross
I Corinthians 2:2
INTRODUCTION: The preaching of the cross was so dominant in the early church that believers were accused of worshipping a dead man.
I Corinthians 2:2, "For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."
The basis of Paul's preaching and teaching to unbelievers was Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for sin on the cross.
Galatians 6:14, "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
Paul was praising God and rejoicing in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The power of the cross changed Paul's entire view on the world.
I Corinthians 1:23, "but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness"
The cross was the only message Paul would preach to unbelievers because it alone was the message that had the power to save all who believed.
The hymn writer of old said it well:
"The Old Rugged Cross"
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff'ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
In I Peter 3:18 "For Christ also suffered once for sins"
Under the old covenant the priest offered sacrifices for his own sins. The Lord Jesus Christ offered one sacrifice (Himself) for sins.
Hebrews 9:28 "so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.."
The New Testament is completely sure and extremely clear that on the cross something happened which never needs to happen again and that is that sin is finally defeated.
On this cross God dealt with man's sins in a way which is adequate for all sin, for all men, for all times.
Note: The issue is sin.
Sin is that which interrupts the relationship, which should exist between God and man. The object of the cross' sacrifice is to restore that lost relationship.
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