About The Cross (cont.)
When one begins to understand the Cross of Christ, at that moment one begins to understand the New Covenant. For this is what the New Covenant is all about, In fact, it is beautifully typified in that which we refer to as the "Lord's Supper" (I Cor. 11:23-30).
When one begins to understand the Cross, one begins to understand the Bible, because the very story of the Word of God is the story of man's Redemption, which is the story of the Cross. As well, to properly understand the Cross of Christ is to properly understand the Resurrection of Christ. Paul said:
" For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death (understanding of the Cross), we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection" (Romans 6:5). (These three paragraphs were taken from Jimmy Swaggart's Hebrews Bible Commentary).
In Revelation chapter two, Jesus highly commended the Ephesus Church, but at the same time He exhorted them in verse four, Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. I believe Jesus was telling the Ephesus Church that they had left the Cross of Christ, which was their first love. Our love for Jesus Christ is, because of what He provided through His death on Calvary's Cross.
Jesus admonished everyone of the seven Churches in Asia Minor at the end of each Chapter that, He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. I believe the Holy Spirit was saying to the churches then to come back to the Cross of Christ, and I believe He is saying the same thing to the Church today. The dividing line between the True Church, and the Apostate Church, is the Cross of Jesus Christ. I don't mean in name only, but possessing the Cross of Christ, and then living it!
If you are looking for a Church that preaches the Message of the Cross of Christ, you have clicked on the right website! The Cross of Jesus Christ is for all people, the whole world. ( John 3:16-17).