and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.
It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”