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Thursday, March 29 2012
The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?
A large portion of the true Christian church (i.e. the true Christian people - "church" means people, "called out ones") became doctrinally perverted very early. The apostle Paul saw people, that he taught, soon afterward fall away into the abyss of deception and vanity. Notice carefully the means, for their own purpose, by and for which their vain religion (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?) happened: "to please men":
"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners] unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ [see The True Gospel Of Christ].
From that time, the doctrinal perversion has grown and compounded (i.e. the smug "Protestant" delusion that they have rejected "Rome," when in fact they teach and believe most of the same antichrist errors - they are like two seemingly competing businesses that are actually owned by the same man). Even the very Cross of Christ has been made into a false image that never existed. While the Romans did crucify Christ, they did not use a "Latin" cross to do it. The Romans used an uppercase "T" shaped cross, as shown in the illustration below (see also Crossing The T). The Latin cross as a deviant Christian symbol originated from a hallucination (or outright lie) supposedly seen by the Roman Emperor Constantine.
It was Constantine who created his empire's Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). It was Constantine who created his Papacy in Rome (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). It was Constantine who dictated his pagan "Sun Day" as a false substitute for the true Christian Sabbath (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?; the study also explains how Christ was sacrificed at Passover, not the Babylonian/Roman Ishtar, or "Easter"). Most of the "Christianity" of today is based upon the false "cross" religion of that man, Constantine, not on the true Cross of Jesus Christ.
Paul pleaded with people to continue to look to the true Cross of Christ, not mere substitutes created from and for the purpose of the cult of a man - any man (see Is Your Church A Cult?).
"1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 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." (1 Corinthians 1:10-17 KJV)
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God"
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" is a profound, but simple reality of what true Christianity is, and has always been. Nothing of Truth has changed because Jesus Christ was and is "the LORD God" of the Hebrew Scriptures (see Appearances Of The LORD God).
"1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?] it is the power of God. 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Paul was a highly-learned man, a Pharisee (see Straight Street), but he came to recognize that greatness of knowledge only has value when it is used for "the testimony of God."
"2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV)
No one is "saved" in this physical life. No one is "already perfect." Those will come by following the true Way of the Cross (see The Path To Glory).
"3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus [see Faithful Doers Of The Word; also Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?].
God created ("the firstborn of every creature") and sent "the LORD God" (again, see Appearances Of The LORD God) to do the work of Creation ("For by him were all things created ... For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell"). The Cross of Christ was a representative Sacrifice of the Creation, by the Creator, as the ultimate Offering to the Father.
"1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20 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.
Fact Finder: How does the Christian Day of Atonement fulfill the Sacrifice made by the Messiah on the Christian Passover?
This Day In History, March 29
1461: The bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses occurred near York. 35,000 Yorkists battled 40,000 Lancastrians to secure the English throne for Yorkist Edward IV.
1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.
1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).
1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.
1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.
1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.
1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.
1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.
1867: The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.
1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.
1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.
1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.
2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.