NEW TESTAMENT RELIGION
CENTERS ON THE CROSS
- SCRIPTURE: I
Corinthians 1:17-18 = "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. For the preaching of the cross is to them that
perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power
Galatians 6:14 = "But God forbid that I should
glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."
- CROSS OF CRUCIFIXION IS THE FOCAL POINT AROUND
WHICH NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY STANDS TODAY.
- We all are familiar with the hymn: "The
Old Rugged Cross".
- Study with me for the next few minutes
about the cross and its place in New Testament Christianity.
- We will use as the outline of study the
- THE CHURCH CENTERS ON THE CROSS.
- The blood shed on the cross purchased the
20:28 = "Take heed therefore unto yourselves,
and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made
you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased
with his own blood."
- If man can be saved out of the church,
he can be saved without being blood bought.
I Peter 1:18-19 = "Forasmuch as ye know
that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver
and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition
from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ,
as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"
- Thus, "
The Lord added
to the church daily such as should be saved."
- The head of the church is Christ who died
on the cross. Ephesians
1:22-23 = And hath put all things under his
feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in
5:23) = "For the husband is the head of
the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he
is the saviour of the body."
- That which is preached by the church is
the gospel based on the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
I Corinthians 1:18 = "For the preaching
of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto
us which are saved it is the power of God."
1:16 = "For I am not ashamed of the gospel
of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
Timothy. 3:15 = "But if I tarry long, that
thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the
house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar
and ground of the truth."
- REDEMPTION CENTERS AROUND THE
- Redemption [forgiveness and reconciliation]
is secured by blood shed on the cross.
Ephesians 1:7 = "In whom we have
redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according
to the riches of his grace."
2:16 = "And that he might reconcile both
unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity
John 1:7 = "But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all
- We are brought in contact with the cleansing
blood of Christ in baptism. Romans
6:3-4 = "Know ye not, that so many of us
as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his
death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory
of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
- It is in baptism that we reach the blood
and our sins are forgiven. Acts
22:16 = "And now why tarriest thou? Arise,
and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the
name of the Lord."
- It is through baptism that we become
a part of the blood bought church. Acts
2:41 = "Then they that gladly received
his word were baptized: and the same day there were added
unto them about three thousand souls."
- OBSERVANCE CENTERS AROUND THE
- Our observance of the Lords Supper
shows the death of Him who died on the cross.
I Corinthians. 11:26 = "For as often as
ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords
death till he come."
- Jesus could have had us to:
- Erect a cross on every street corner
and in every city. But He did not.
- Wear a cross and let it become like an
idol. But He did not.
- But He did give us the Lords Supper
as a memorial to observe every first day of the week.
I Corinthians 11:24-25 = "And when he
had given thanks, he brake it, and said, take, eat: this
is by body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance
of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when
he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in
my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance
20:7 = "And upon the first day of the
week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul
reached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued
his speech until midnight."
- There are divine words of caution in the
observance of this memorial:
- Before the partaking of this memorial
each is to examine himself. I
Corinthians 11:28 = "But let a man examine
himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of
- It should not be partaken of unworthily.
Corinthians. 11:29 = "For he that eateth
and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to
himself, not discerning the Lords body."
- SEPARATION OF GODS COVENANTS
CENTERS ON THE CROSS:
- The Old Covenant (Law of Moses) ended with
the death of Christ on the cross.
Colossians 2:14 = "Blotting out the handwriting
of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us,
and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross."
law was to serve for only a limited time the coming
promised seed (Christ).
Galatians 3:19 = "Wherefore then serveth
the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the
seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was
ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator."
- The New Covenant (New Testament dispensation)
could not begin until the death of Christ.
Hebrews 9:16-17 = "For where a testament
is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise
it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth."
- The New Testament is a better covenant.
8:6-10 = "But now hath he obtained a
more excellent ministry, by now much also he is the mediator
of a better covenant, which was established up better promises.
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should
not place have been sought for the second. For finding fault
with them, he saith, behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant
that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them
by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because
they continued not in my covenant, and I regarding them
not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will
make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the
Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them
in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall
be to me a people."
- Today we must hear Jesus and the New
- The mount of transfiguration. Matthew
17:1-5 = "And after six days Jesus
taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth
them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured
before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his
raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared
unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered
Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to
be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles;
one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While
he yet spake, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them:
and behold a voice of of the cloud, which said, this is
my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him."
- The words of our Lord are be heeded
in these last days. Hebrews
1:1-2 = "God, who at sundry times and
in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers
by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us
by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
by whom also he made the worlds."
(See also Hebrews
- SALVATION CENTERS AROUND THE
- Jesus died for our sins. I
Corinthians 15:3 = "For I delivered unto
you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ
died for our sins according to the scriptures."
Note: Jesus was the Lamb of God that took away sins:
1:29 = "The next day John seeth Jesus coming
unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world."
- The preaching of the cross is Gods
power to save. I
Corinthians 1:18 = "For the preaching of
the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us
which are saved it is the power of God."
- Man becomes free from sin when he obeys
that form of doctrine delivered by Christ.
Rom. 6:17-18 = "But God be thanked, that
ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the
heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you, being
then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."
Note: Paul said he received it "by the
revelation of Jesus Christ" (Galatians
- The doctrine is that of the death, burial,
and resurrection of Christ. (I
- We obey its form: (Romans
- We die to sin.
- We are buried in baptism.
- We rise for the baptismal burial to
walk in newness of life.
- IS THE CROSS OF CHRIST THE CENTER OF CHRISTIANITY
- HAVE YOU LET THE BLOOD OF CHRIST CLEANS YOU
OF YOUR SINS?
- THE CLEANSING CAN BE NOW:
- It begins with Faith and ends with faith.
- It is faith in the Lord that brings forth
- It is faith in the Lord that brings forth
the confession: Christ is the son of God.
- It is faith in the Lord that brings forth
the change to newness of life after baptism.
- It is faithful living in accordance to
the Word of God that opens unto us the crown of life.
- YES THE CROSS IS THE CENTER OF IT ALL. "Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me" = John
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