Summary: DEALS WITH SELF-DENIAL; ALSO BRINGS SOME UNDERSTANDING TO "WORKS"
ENEMIES OF THE CROSS
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
24 Those who belong to Christ have nailed their natural evil desires to his cross and crucified them there.
25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
*** Walking in the spirit is self denial.
*** Love is works- God could have just spoke salvation…but He brought salvation.
*** THE APOSTOLIC DOCTRINE IS THE BALANCING ACT OF THE DOCTRINE OF WORKS.
*** THE ACT OF PRAYING EVERY DAY, FASTING, ETC, IS NOT WHAT SAVES YOU BUT IT IS(SACRIFICE), WHAT INVOKES THE POWER OF THE CROSS.
*** AND IF YOU INVOKE THE POWER OF THE CROSS YOU INVOKE THE RESULTS OF THE CROSS-DELIVERANCE!
*** SALVATION --
*** REPENTANCE-- CEASING FROM DEAD WORKS…ALIVE TO GOOD WORKS.
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (KJV)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
*** WORKS OF INVOLVEMENT, WORKS OF PARTICIPATION; NOT MERIT.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again now with tears in my eyes, there are many who walk along the Christian road who are really enemies of the cross of Christ.
19 Their future is eternal loss, for their god is their appetite: they are proud of what they should be ashamed of; and all they think about is this life here on earth.
*** No self denial!!
*** They make the cross of Christ a pretty thing so that their cross can be a pretty thing.
*** They cheapen it! Wear it on their lapel or on a necklace and don’t even consider it’s cost.
Above all powers, above all things, above all nature and created things, above all wisdom & all the ways of man, You were here before the world began, above all kingdoms, above all thrones, above all wonders the world has ever known, above all wealth & treasures of the earth, there’s no way to measure
what You’re worth
Crucified & laid behind the stone, You lived to die rejected alone like a rose trampled on the ground, You took the fall and thought of me, above all
1 Cor 1:17
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
1 Cor 1:18
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.