18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Theme: The Universal Church Without A Vision.
Sub-Topic: Where Are You Going?
Vision in the Hebrew Text in this verse, means revelation. The revelation that the Universal Church (The Body Of Christ) need is a revelation of what Jesus Christ provided for humanity at Calvary’s Cross. Any one that is Born Again or saved was
saved only because of Grace and Faith, Ephesians 2:8-9 (what Christ provided on Calvary’s Cross), well the Cross for our everyday living for God is just as important to the Believer as it was for our initial salvation experience. The power to live a life that is not dominated by the sin nature, the object of your faith must continue to be exclusively in the Finished Work of Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Colossians 2:6. The Cross Of Jesus Christ is the Center of all God’s dealings with mankind. Remove the Cross Of Jesus Christ from the Bible, and we have no Bible. The word “Bible” comes from the word “biblos,” which means “book, or papyrus.” If the Cross is removed from the Bible, then it becomes just another book! The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, We Preach Christ Crucified, and if we want to experience the power of God, we must preach it also.
Perish in the Hebrew Text in this verse, means (Run Wild), or cast off restraint. Without a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary’s Cross, the people Run Wild or cast off restraint. Without the Power of the Holy Spirit, which works exclusively in the parameters of the Cross of Christ, there will not be anything keeping you from running wild, or being tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight (trickery) of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Ephesians 4:14).
The Message of The Cross of Christ is the answer for a dead Church, and also is the answer for dying humanity. Without a revelation of the Cross of Christ the people die Spiritually!