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0161 The Principle of the Cross

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The principle of the Cross
Difference between the work of the Cross and the Principle of the Cross
You can’t see souls until you will be on the cross (powerful)
Overcoming temptations...
Before God used Moses to deliver Israel out of Egypt, he will deliver Egypt out of Moses
Before God used disciples to fish the man they had to leave fishing of fish
God tests when devil tempts!
Hebrews 11:23-29; Hebrews 12:1-2
Lay aside every sin; everything that is heavy; everything that ensnares
Moses:
Chose to suffer with the people of God (11:25)
Surrounded with the cloud of witnesses (12:1) Joseph was in pit; Jesus is the man of sorrow, was tempted in all points Esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches
Looked toward the reward Matthew 13:44-46 Forsook Egypt Endured seeing Him who is invisible
Looking onto Jesus (12:2)
Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me’”
Cross is symbol of death and crucifixion (death is not without pain for it is loss)
Crushed grapes make finest wine
Crushed olives make good oil
No price without the cost
No crown without the cross
No victory without the fight
No resurrection without crucifixion
“If you are not willing to give all of you, I am not interested in part of you”
Death is illustrated in the seed
Jesus is the Seed of Abraham Seed – sons of the kingdom (Matthew 13:37-38) Seed cannot produce without dying (1 Corinthians 15:36; John 12:24)
Death of Jesus torn down the veil (self) and the door to the holy of holies is open
Those who suffer will cease to sin (1 Peter 4:1-2)
They overcame the enemy with not loving their lives (Revelation 12:11)
Hurt people hurt others; healed people heal others
Through the cross world is “turned off” and I am “turned off” from the world (Galatians 2:20)
You are not a treat or dangerous unless you are dead
You will never be persecuted if you are not confronting
Selfish and Selfless Living
What began as a selfish act under a tree...ended with a selfless act on a tree
Adam – selfish in the Garden
Jesus – selfless in the Garden
One hand reached for a tree, another was nailed to it
Self is the veil, our fallen nature living on, unjudged within us, uncrucified, the enemy of our lives, an effective block to our spiritual progress, it’s not something we do, but something we are, cannot be murdered by righteousness of Jesus, hides the face of God, cannot be removed by instruction, but be spiritual experience, is made of spiritual tissue, to touch it is to touch us where we feel pain; to tear it away is to injure us; to hurt us and make us bleed.
Self-sins are self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love.
To rip the self of which our life is made of can be never be anything by deeply painful
That what the cross did to Jesus and it is what the cross would do to every man to set him free
We are not capable of tearing the self on our own
We ought to invite the cross to do it’s deadly work within us
We ought to bring our self-sins to the cross for judgment
We must be prepared for the suffering in some measure like our Savoir
We ought to yield that self to God and trust that He will operate us
We ought to confess, forsake, and renounce the self-life, and then reckon it crucified
We ought to not confuse self-crucifixion with God-crucificixion doctrine
The cross is rough and it is deadly, but it is effective
The cross doesn’t keep the victim hanging there forever, finally victim dies
Quit trying: Surrender – Kathryn Kulman
Talk how Christians were persecuted
Jesus could come out of the cross. The biggest temptation is that you are able to quit that cross process, but don’t do it.
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