By Randy Munter

But we preach Christ crucified…”   I Corinthians 1:17-29

The centrality of Christianity is the work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection. Without this foundation, (I Corinthians 3:11) our hope is in vain. (I Corinthians 15:17)

Herein is the foundation of our faith laid, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (I Corinthians 15:1-4; see also I Peter 3:18)

This foundation has been laid for one purpose, “…to seek and to save that which was lost”, that “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (Luke 19:10 & John 1:12) From this rock, which is Christ Jesus, comes the message of repentance.

The first message of John the Baptist was, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2) The first message of Jesus was, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) The first message of the disciples was, “And they went out, and preached that men should repent.” (Mark 6:12)

Why then are men preaching a message of prosperity when it only nurtures the old selfishness nature? Does not the scripture say, “he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (II Corinthians 5:15)

Somehow the church is under the impression that God owes them happiness and comfort in this life. Are we better than our Master who was, “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief… He was oppressed, and he was afflicted… it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:” (Isaiah 53:3,7,10) He endured all of this because of our sins, because of His great love for us. How much more then should we “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world:” (Romans 12:1-2)

I’m not saying we can’t have happiness and comfort, rather that we must be willing to suffer for the gospel sake as He did. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” (Philippians 3:10; I Peter 4:13) The truth is, God is more interested in our holiness than our happiness, because holiness will get us to heaven, happiness will not.

The message of the cross is death to self (carnal nature), and life to the new (born again) man. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; (is made alive) the flesh profiteth nothing…” (John 6:63) The true Church is spiritual, but she is suffocating because she is so full of self, she is without power to do spiritual battle. The message of Christ crucified must be proclaimed from our pulpits once again if the Church is to ever become a spiritual force in this last day. A cry of repentance must flood the throne of heaven if we are to once again be a force against hell.

Preach Christ crucified, let a man come to the cross and see the filthiness of his sin and cry out, for “godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…” (II Corinthians 7:10) Herein is revival; herein is the power of Christ crucified.

Preach Christ crucified!

Source: http://www.theoldtimegospel.org/

 Posted by on 05/18/2012 Think on These Things ,  Add comments