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Exalting in the Cross

FRIDAY

The focus on good behavior to obtain favor from God and with man is a distraction from a focus on the cross. The pursuit of good behavior keeps us from remembering the impossibility of this task. It is also an attempt to avoid rejection by the enemies of the cross.  A focus on the cross causes us to remember how far we fall short of the good behavior required by God and our need for the work accomplished our Savior, Jesus, on its beams.

 
NAU Galatians 6:12 Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

 
NIV Galatians 6:12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.

 
KJV Galatians 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

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The Foolishness of the Cross

THURSDAY

The mark of a Christian is his/her exaltation of the cross. The Christian recognizes the power of its work. The distinguishing mark of a non-Christian is his/her rejection of the cross. The work of the cross to him is foolish.

 
NAU 1 Corinthians 1:
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 
NIV 1 Corinthians 1: 18 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.

 
KJV 1 Corinthians 1: 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.

The Centrality of the Cross

WEDNESDAY

The centrality of Christian life is the cross. Christ’s work on the cross motivates our living and our ministry. Without His work on the cross there is no Christian mission because proclaiming the cross is the mission. All other activities are ancillary.

 
NAU 1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

 
NIV 1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel– not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

 
KJV 1 Corinthians 1:17 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. {words: or, speech}

Reconciled Through the Cross

TUESDAY

The cross is God’s idea for re-uniting Himself with man. Man briefly lived in harmony with God….until the sin of Adam and Eve. The result has been separation. But the cross has brought us back into fellowship with God. How blessed is the cross to the Christian!

NAU Colossians 1:19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.


NIV Colossians 1:19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.


KJV Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. {having…: or, making}


Not only does the cross restore harmony between God and man, but it restores harmony between man and man.


NAU Ephesians 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.


NIV Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.


KJV Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: {thereby: or, in himself}

The Cross

THE CROSS

MONDAY

‘The cross must be the sanctuary of every Christian for private worship’ John MacArthur Sermon January 6, 2008

 
Each year, in reality, each day, I grow more enamored with the cross of Christ. It satisfies my greatest need in life – providing the righteousness I need to enter into the presence of God. This week we will focus on the cross in order that we might refocus our lives on truly the most important thought in our existence. When we stand before God, our only defense is the cross. We cannot claim any good works as a basis for convincing Him to let us enter into His presence because we cannot do enough good works to please Him. Our only defense is confidence in Jesus’ work on the cross! That is God’s plan and provision. It must be our persuasion.

 

NAU Galatians 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

 
NIV Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which {14 Or whom} the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

 
KJV Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. {by whom: or, whereby}