The Preaching of the Cross

By Justin Johnson

The preaching of the cross is the power of the gospel of the grace of God.

By the cross of Christ God is able to take wicked, sinful, enemies and offer them free justification through faith (Rom 3:24; Rom 5:1).

By the preaching of the cross we are delivered from the bondage of the law (Col 2:14; Gal 5:11).

Through the blood of Christ’s cross we are reconciled to God and have peace with him (Col 1:20; Rom 5:1; 2 Cor 5:19).

We receive forgiveness and redemption by the blood shed there (Eph 1:7).

The preaching of the cross procures eternal life to all who would trust solely in its atoning work (Eph 1:13).

The preaching of the gospel would be vain without the preaching of the cross (1 Cor 15:14). It is for this reason that the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who perish.

The one who we call Saviour was crucified. There is no glory to man on earth to be crucified.

Replacing religious works, the law, special days, and baptism with the cross requires a complete faith that Christ did everything necessary for salvation and is offering it all graciously to those who work not (Rom 4:5).

It is foolish to the world not to offer their works to God. It is foolish to the world to claim that one young man dead on a cross is the answer to the world’s problems.

To the religious Jews the death of the Messiah was a sign of weakness, not a sign of power.

Yet to us which are saved, it is the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:24).

It is only through the preaching of the cross that our works are removed from salvation so that no flesh should glory in his presence (1 Cor 1:29).

Instead of the glory being in us, the glory is firmly placed in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, and what he was made for us by that cross (Gal 3:13; 1 Cor 1:31; Rom 16:27).

The preaching of the cross of Christ is the power of God unto salvation.

I glory in the cross: without it I am still dead (Eph 2:1; Eph 2:13).

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Published: September 3, 2011
Last Modified: June 7, 2019
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