Living By Faith

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS

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. (1 Corinthians 1:17)

 

“The union between humanity and deity can never be broken.” – Mark Hankins

 

Paul used the word “cross” In 1 Corinthians 1:17, not because he was simply talking about the crucifixion. He identified with the cross because that is where God identified with him.

The first step of God’s identification with sinful man began with the incarnation when God became a man, and Jesus came to earth.

The second step of God’s identification with fallen man was when Jesus told John to baptize Him. When Jesus got in the line with sinners, He said, “Baptize me with those who are confessing their sin.” John the Baptist did not understand what was happening so he said, “I am not baptizing You.” However, the union between humanity and deity in Jesus can never be broken. Not just for one human generation, but through all eternity.  Jesus is still a man right now at the right hand of God.

 

Confession: “I consider myself as having died and now enjoying a second existence, which is simply Jesus using my body.” (Galatians 2:20 | The Distilled Bible)

One thought on “THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS”

  1. Robbin McCarter says:

    This translation gives quite a somewaht different sense to the meaning than the King James translation:
    Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

    20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

    The faith of Christ now rules in us and becomes our life: not a second existence for
    2 Corinthians 5:17-21 KJV – Therefore “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God,”

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