|Galatians 5:11 |
11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? And so the offence of the cross2 would have ceased. [The preaching of the necessity of the cross for salvation offends, so much that Paul was persecuted for preaching it. When the early Quakers preached the cross, the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Puritans, imprisoned them, seized their property, and killed them. Christendom denies Jesus' insistence on salvation's prerequisite of bearing the cross to slay their selfish, sinful spirits; and they are greatly offended when told that belief in historical facts about Jesus and being dunked in water is not sufficient for salvation.]
2 the offence of the cross. What offence? For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ to those who are being saved; and in those who are perishing: To this latter we are the aroma of death to death; and to the former the aroma of life to life. 2 Cor 2:15-16. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18.
Christendom denies the cross is necessary. Christendom claims that believing the cross is necessary is to deny Jesus having saved all believers through his death. Although Christ's death did pay for the sins of all men, our bearing the cross is not to pay the penalty for our sins; Christ has already paid for that. We suffer, so that our selfish spirit dies on the inward cross to be finished with sin, and then by the grace of God, we receive salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, union with God, and entry into the Kingdom of Heaven, to be there forever. Christ tasted death for all men, allowing all men to access the grace of God, by going to Him, hearing Him and obeying Him; Christ died on the cross to show us the extent of obedience required to attain salvation; our cross is to sacrifice our own will and follow the commands of God that we hear, as we go to Him, wait on Him, listen for Him, watch for Him, hear him, eventually see Him, and obey Him.
So because Christendom denies the cross is necessary, which Jesus said at least five times was absolutely necessary, then Christendom is perishing for the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. 1 Cor 1:18. To Christendom, the cross has the aroma of death. 2 Cor 2:15-16. But the cross is the power of God to be delivered from sin, to be made free from sin forever, a forever cleansing and perfection.