JUST DA TRUTH-ABOUT THE CROSS

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.  I Corinthians 1:18 New International Version

Today, before we get into our meal, I want to share something with you that is very important for you to know as a believer.  If you are an unbeliever it will benefit you as well.  Please know that pastors, preachers and teachers of God’s Word are important.  However, what is of more importance is that they stick with and teach you The Word.  Their job is to teach people what God says in The Bible and not add their own opinion to it and their own so called revelation that is not supported by The Word of God.  If a so called man or woman of God tries to teach or tell you something that has no scriptural basis or is contrary to what God’s Word says, you are under no obligation to listen to them or do what they say. And please do not fear them.  Understand something, God’s Word says that He has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  God is not double minded.  He will not tell you that He has not given you the spirit of fear then use a message to put you in fear.

 

Always remember this: NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LORD AND NOBODY IS ABOVE THE WORD!!!! I don’t care what their title is whether it be Pastor, Prophet, Apostle or whatever.  God is no respecter of persons.  Some of these pastors, prophets, or so called apostles are self named.  They gave themselves their titles.  I personally heard one preacher tell a congregation, “I made my self bishop.”

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit(person), but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. I John 4:1  New International Version

Now I heard, personally this same preacher say to a congregation, “You don’t need to try me, I already been tried.”

I John chapter 4 says to not believe every spirit but to test or try the spirit to see if it is of God.  This preacher says you don’t need to try him because he’s already been tried.  To give ear to what this preacher has just said is the modern day equivalent of God saying, “The day you eat of this tree you shall surely die”  and the serpent coming along and telling Mrs Adam, “You shall not surely die.”  It’s the same thing and it comes from the same spirit, the devil.  Always stick with The Word.  The goal here is not to be critical but to provide an example of the types of statements that are subtle but contrary to The Word of God.

Now, lets talk about THE CROSS.

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. I Corinthians 1:18 New International Version

So The Word of God says that the message of the cross IS the power of God.

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. I Corinthians 1:17 New International Version

In this verse The Word of God says that if the gospel is not preached in its simplicity, the cross of Christ would be emptied of its power.  Would you agree that in order for something to be emptied of its power it would have to have power first?

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15 New International Version

The cross is the means by which Jesus triumphed over powers and authorities and made a public spectacle of them. The Bible calls them powers and authorities.  When something has power the only thing that can overcome it is something that is more powerful.  Obviously what God did by the cross is more powerful than the powers and authorities that were trying to come against Jesus.

What God did thru Christ by means of the cross is powerful.  The entire process God used is powerful and we are to appreciate it.  God did not use the cross against us, He used the cross for us.  All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose.  Always stick with God’s Word which is Jesus!!!  Anything else is a path to error. God loves us, and the cross was a means to an end for us and that end was for our good and the good of the entire human race.

All the “blessed” to you!!!

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