THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CROSS
2 Corinthians 11:3
TODAY any number of religious books set out to expound Jesus Christ from a philosophical point of view. They are entrancing and a apparently helpful, but in reality they do a great deal of harm, because instead of helping us to form the mind of Christ and understand His point of view, they serve to confuse our mind. When people ask for the “simple gospel” to be preached, they generally mean, “Preach us the thing we have always listened to, the thing that keeps us sound asleep. Don’t present us with anything new.” That means the mind is not open to accept facts, not open to entering into a relationship with God.
The Cross is the symbol of Christian living and it is also the symbol of Christian thinking. Until a man is born again, his thinking goes round and round in a circle and he becomes intoxicated with his own importance. When he is born again, there is a violent readjustment in his actual life, and when he begins to think along Jesus Christ’s line, there is just as tremendous a revolution in his thinking processes.
To ignore the Cross in either living or thinking is to become a traitor to Jesus Christ.
(Bringing Sons unto Glory by Oswald Chambers)
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