Nothing but Christ, and Him Crucified

Paul said “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2.

Where do you put your faith and testimony? Not on Sunday, while in the church, but in the ongoing moments of the day, walking in the world. And the underlying question is “What exactly saved you?”.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 20:2

One is saved by truly believing in the work of Christ on the cross and thereby being crucified in him.

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

That being so, our salvation is solely based in that and its implications alone. This is the root of the one true Gospel of Christ, which alone saves us in our true conviction in it. You are saved by true belief in the plain, simple Gospel message of who Jesus is, what He did and what that means (Philippians 2),  and your subsequent calling upon the name of our Lord – nothing else.

That is very straight forward, but the problem is that fallen people line in total inability to truly believe because they are of the world and the Gospel message is an anathema to their basic nature. They can not do other than reject the Gospel message. They are unable to have faith or truly believe in anything except the world and serve the one of the world, Satan. Yes, it is that black and white.

To believe, one must be changed by the proactive action of the Holy Spirit, acting at the behest of the Father from before the foundation of the world, to change the people of the His choosing (Ephesians 1:4).

So, here we are as believers, sealed and delivered in Christ, once for all eternity. Yet I will ask again “What do we boast in and focus upon in the small moments of ongoing life? What is the testimony of who we are are and what we say and do?”

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death” (Revelation 12:11).

Our boasting, our reason d’etre, must be only of  “Christ and Him crucified”. That is our only source of life. Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection is the only belief and testimony that matters – rejoicing in what it has made possible. Our fellowship as believers is at its root a celebration of that, all that it implies, and nothing else. And this should be clear in our meetings and our fellowship.

We have nothing else to boast about –  not our faith, our decision, church, organization, programs, strengthened marriages, families and family values, entertainment, performance, good works or any other of the trappings of  modern “Christian” life. Nothing at all – for to boast of those things is to quietly steal away some of the reality of the the accomplishment of Christ. It is to demean His work and ennoble ours as men.

When He said “It is finished” (John 19:30), what was finished had nothing to do with who we were, are or ever can be, or of what we might bring to Him as men (and that means you too, ladies). It was all about God and His plan.

And this will be harder, not easier, as time goes on “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” 2 Timothy 4:3. This time is clearly evident even now.

All of this is not pie is the sky, some grand idealism. It is exactly and precisely what the Lord has called us to as True Believers – the literal translation of “Saints” in modern translations of Scripture.

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You;
And my soul, which You have redeemed.”
Psalm 71:32

Let this be our attitude, our mantra so to speak, as we walk through life – all of it – and as we meet together. This alone, irrespective of the activity or place, brings glory to God and brings Him joy. In this we remember His precepts and commandments as He wishes.

Soli Deo Gloria

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