The Cross is not Obsolete#
11 April, 2019
The cross has not become obsolete!
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 Corinthians 1:18)
This power remains--in its mystery, its silence, its influence, it remains.
The cross cannot become obsolete!
The preaching of the cross has not ceased to be powerful and effectual!
There are those who would persuade us that, in this modern age--the cross is out of date and out of fashion, time-worn. But this does not shake us. It only leads us to clasp the cross more fervently, and to study it more profoundly, as embodying in itself that gospel which is at once the wisdom and the power of God.
Yet the cross is not without its contradictions and mysteries. It is both:
- illuminating yet darkening
- life yet death
- honor yet shame
- wisdom but also foolishness
- pardon and condemnation
- strength and weakness
- joy and sorrow
- love and hatred
- medicine and poison
- hope and despair.
The cross is Christ's humiliation, yet it is His exaltation!
The cross is Satan's victory, yet it is Satan's defeat!
The cross is the gate of Heaven, and the gate of Hell!
The cross is the key to God's - character, Word, ways, and to all His purposes.
The cross is the summary of all the Bible - the epitome of Scripture Revelation! (#Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889)
Protect the cross in your life for gain, it points you to heaven.
PS: It is of no advantage to be near the light if the eyes become closed. ~ Augustine
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'The heart is the metal of the bell, the tongue but the clapper.' ~ George Swinnock
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