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Preaching the Cross is based on the Greek definition of cross. An example scripture is
1 Corinthians 1:18 and cross in "preaching the cross" is defined as a stake or post (as set upright), i.e. (specially), a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial. By definition figurative language is new insight into the object or subject of a work and goes beyond the actual meaning of a word. This new insight is what God wants us to have which is beyond the insight of being impaled on the cross. Figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial is to deny self and when we deny self He can live in us and we are following in His footsteps same as when He denied self unto death on the cross.
The Greek definition of Deny in Matthew 16:24 when Jesus said "let him deny, and take up his cross, and follow me" is: To forget one's self, lose sight of one's self and one's own interests.
Example usage of figuratively:
…You are using figurative language any time you compare two things. When writing goes beyond the actual meanings of words, then the reader gains new insights into the objects or subjects in the work….
Examples of Figurative Language
…Will people understand you if you use literally when you mean figuratively? Sure. Most people will recognize that when you say, "The guitar solo literally blew my head off" it was an awesome solo, but your head is, in fact, still on your neck….
We are saved or born again by believing and accepting Jesus as Lord and this truth is shown in referenced scriptures, essentially the Greek definition of believing is trusting our self to Christ. By accepting Him as Lord we joyfully lose our life and this is denying self for His sake then we shall find our life in Him. The definition of deny in Matthew 16:24 is to lose one’s interest which is losing our life for His sake. Self-denial is a willingness to forgo all and forgoing as He directs. In this booklet denying self for salvation and daily denying self is considered an act of faith giving way to good works. Works from denying self will not save us but when we deny self for Jesus sake we are saved. In other words faith is for salvation not works of holiness, sanctification… etc. and the faith of denying self for His sake is our salvation but not by works of denying self.
Jesus’ Self-denial is the source of life for many essential Doctrines and denial of self interest for Jesus sake is our source of life. This exposition shares scriptures on the Cross, crucified and salvation as being self-denial and is called Source of Life Doctrine, searching references and reviewing teachings by men of God2 will give insight into self-denial. Bible Doctrines are expressed by different related scriptures and also this exposition is reiterated in different ways for comprehension giving a basis for the Source of Life Doctrine. Cross refers to a self-denial Cross and cross refers to a wood cross.
The wood cross physically crucified Him but His Cross is self-denial resulting in self-denial works of suffering and death on the cross. Also our Cross and being crucified with Him is His Cross which result in self-denial works of suffering and following Him with our Cross.
Cross is Self-Denial, the basis for Salvation
Self-denial is defined as the Cross of Jesus, how we preach the Cross, our Cross, and extinguishing selfishness is how we are crucified with Christ3, in other words Self-denial is His and our Cross and how we are crucified with Him. I believe essential Doctrines are based on Source of Life Doctrine because this Doctrine is Jesus’ Cross, how we are saved, live the Christian life, live the crucified life, and how we live for eternity. Preaching Christ crucified is the basis for salvation and seems like this is referring to His physical crucifixion 1 Corinthians 1: 23. His physical crucifixion paid for our sins allowing us to be saved because the resurrection and atonement was completed but this is not preaching Christ crucified. Believing in Him as Lord saves us and comes from extinguishing selfishness for His sake being the definition of crucified. Paul was crucified with Jesus and this is dying to self with Jesus dying to self. Similar preaching the Cross is turning our life over to Jesus and believing in Him as Lord by denying self for His sake and we are saved. What is the foolishness Greeks think, is it foolishness of God dying to save us and what makes them think it is foolish? Could it be they did not understand the results of His love where He denied self unto death? They believe in saving self and not denying self which makes the Cross foolishness in their minds. Preaching Christ crucified is preaching what He done from the beginning to the cross for Mankind’s salvation, being self-denial.
A comparison of Matthew 16:24 and Titus 2:124 shows Matthew’s “deny” is losing sight of one’s interest and Titus deny4 is rejecting sins of ungodliness and worldly lusts. These are two different Greek words for deny and Mathew gives life to accomplish the Titus scripture. By trying to adhere alone to scriptures like the Titus scripture without living the Mathew scripture we are convicted of sin and this is the purpose of many similar scriptures. Being convicted we realize our lost state and seek His salvation, after salvation we can live the Mathew types of scripture with God taking away the want to sin shown in the Titus type scriptures. To remove confusion about the deny word in scriptures identifying the Mathew type scriptures as a Source of Life Doctrine helps us recognize the difference. Repentance is repenting the sin of unbelief John 16:9 and happens when we deny self being born again, repenting of sins Matthew 4:17 and Holiness are the results of denying self interest and not how we are born again.
Salvation and His Lordship
Being saved with believing in Him as Lord occurs when we are born again through faith not of works Ephesians 2:8-9. Jesus death, resurrection and atonement is the means for Mankind’s salvation and denying self interest believing in Him as Lord is how we are saved and live for eternity in His Kingdom. This is a result of faith which is our substance of what is hoped for and evidence not seen Hebrews 11:1. After accepting Him as Lord and Savior next we should grow with Him as Lord and this growth happens when we accept His Lordship over every aspect of our life. We accept Him 100% as Lord when we are born again but we need to grow in His Lordship by working out our salvation. Growth comes to life through denying self daily and the Holy Spirit will live in us with His works being fulfilled.
The atonement gave way for Mankind’s salvation by Him drawing us to accept Him as Lord and what part do we play in being born again, we accept His Lordship as seen in Paul’s conversion. Paul is God’s messenger and shares His will for us with examples to follow and when Paul was converted he said Lord, would this mean Paul also denied self Acts 9:5? Paul seeks to do His interest following instructions with a life of denying self interest and we are told to be followers of Paul 1 Corinthians 4:16. By denying self interest with accepting His Lordship we are born again resulting in His interest becoming ours. Also for us to have a future living experience of living His will we should deny self interest daily, in other words live continuous with denial of self being present in our life then an open door exists for Him to live in us. This message of Jesus and His Apostle Paul is needed for us to continue in the faith preventing straying away by helping us adjust to possible future incorrect paths.
Preaching the Cross is the power of God for us which is preaching Christ crucified 1 Corinthians 1:18. A power received from preaching other than the Cross seems to be Godly but may be from other than God. We can be confident being in His will, living in the spirit, knowing His voice, humble, with all the virtues of God abiding and not deceived when we daily deny self. Of course all these things may not immediately be apparent in our life and daily becomes alive as we work out our salvation already received when we were born again. If we take an ungodly path when living a life of denying self He will direct us through His word, Christians or other means helping us move on the correct path.
Preaching the Cross is preaching self-denial and self-denial is how we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior next we live a life of denying self interest for Jesus sake in eternity. Preaching the Gospel is preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom of God to be set up and is based on teaching His finished work on the cross, resurrection and atonement being the means for us to be saved, Jesus is the way, truth and life and we are drawn by the Father to Him7. The Gospel will not save us but when we deny self for Christ sake or any means of denying self for God’s sake such as God coming directly to us and turn our life over to Him we will be saved. Paul is a good example of hearing from God and accepted Jesus as Lord without another Christian sharing the Gospel with Paul.
Jesus said to deny self or as Paul said he died to self and Jesus lives in him is the same foundational truth by two all encompassing means from God to us. Some may say I have a compulsion with denying self but searching why Jesus and His Apostle/Servant Paul preached the Cross (Romans 1:1) is a worthy endeavor, also preaching the Cross is preaching denying self? As we understand the vital role of denying self a door will open for us to comprehend scripture, especially the Pauline epistles. Jesus was joyed when He endured the Cross because He followed through with denying self knowing His final work on the cross would save Mankind Heb. 12:2. Search the internet “Preaching the Cross” with many Godly teachings and share your thoughts on my sites.
Source of God’s work
Jesus dying on the cross for Mankind brings forth a greater work of Mankind by doing the works Jesus did not do for all: preaching the Cross to the world, preaching the Gospel, taking care of the sick, homeless, starving, widows, children, elderly etc., John 14:12. Denial of self brings forth the virtues of love, faith, humility, etc. for Mankind to carry out these great works. Inversely the works from Godly virtues would not exist if we do not continuously deny self. Continuously denying self is having an awareness of this commandment in our life with a readiness to cast down all selfish thoughts and replace them with unselfish thoughts resulting in doing His works. These unselfish thoughts will be from Him because we are denying self daily. Contemplating or reminding to deny self when there is no direction from Him is only mental repetition. When we are living the Source of Life Doctrine He will guide us to respond in an unselfish manner in all situations.
By Jude Ramagosa
1. Concordances have Greek and Hebrew dictionaries of words and expositions expose the meaning of the bible, by searching the internet for scriptural definition or meanings we can study to show our self approved 2 Timothy 2:15. Search “John 3:16 concordance” for belief, “Romans 10:9 concordance” for Lord and belief “and “Mt 16:24 concordance” for deny or, “the above scriptures exposition”
2. Search “Charles Finney self denial”, “Thomas Watson self-denial” for their understanding of self-denial, and “Memoir of Thomas Watson Compiled by C. H. Spurgeon”.
3. Search “1 Corinthians 1:23 concordance” for crucified, “1 Corinthians 1:18 concordance” for cross and “Mt 16:24 concordance” for cross or “the above scriptures exposition”. Greek definitions of cross show a stake or post and also shows cross is figuratively Self-denial. Figurative language is comparing two things going beyond the actual meanings of a word and we gain new insights into the word, in this case Self-denial is insight of the cross in the two above scriptures. If I wanted to define my dog I could say he has 4 legs or a more accurate definition is he has four legs, body, a head and barks. Similar cross can be defined as a wood stake Jesus was nailed on or a more accurate definition is “Denial of self was His cross and how He was crucified”
4. Search “Titus 2:12 concordance” for a different deny word than the Mt 16:24 deny word.
5. Matthew 10:38, 16:24
6. What did Jesus mean by “his Cross” in Mt 16:24? Scripture shows we should deny-self, carry our Cross and follow Him and there isn’t any other scripture saying what his Cross is. Some teachings refer to his Cross as suffering but there is no scriptural backup even though trials may happen but in no case are they called a believers Cross. Jesus died on the cross for us and it would go against His salvation to believe his Cross is our suffering on a wood cross. Because physically suffering on a cross is not scripturally backed up for the definition of his Cross (our Cross), we should look further and there is only one type scriptural backup for the definition of his Cross. It is the Mathew type scriptures simply defining His Cross as denying self interest for His sake which is losing our life and is the definition allowing us to focus on a true scripture meaning.
Jesus suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, the crown of thorns, carrying the cross and suffering unto death on the cross should not be considered Jesus Cross. His Cross was denying self resulting in suffering unto death on the cross. Jesus Cross and our Cross is life thru self denial.
By denying self we become an empty vessel He can dwell in. Jesus’ Cross was denying self and similar by denying self daily we are crucified with Him and He lives in us being led by His Spirit. Denial of self is following in Jesus steps and Jesus denial is the source where His love for mankind was expressed unto death. By denying self we are in a flowing river of life entering His kingdom of love. I believe Jesus is referring to one’s Cross because ‘his’ is a Greek reference to him or her. When Jesus said Cross concerning a human what did He mean also Jesus could be referring to His Cross and what is Jesus’ Cross? Because Jesus suffered before He died on the cross, Jesus’ Cross is Him giving of Himself unto death. The moment in the past, before He gave to Mankind the work of making sacrifices looking forward to His sacrifice, He decided to die for us which was His Cross. This life of self-denial was finished at His death on the cross and our Cross is similar to Jesus’ Cross which is denying self. Jesus defines his Cross in scripture with the word deny thus our Cross is denying self. We know His death is for our salvation and atonement but is not the sole reasons for His death, another is denying self being a complete salvation understanding. By following the self-denial aspect of His salvation we become mature Christians with embracing the entire Cross of Christ. Jesus was crucified on a wood cross and this was not His Cross it points to His real Cross of denying self until death.
7. 1 Cor. 9:16, John 19:30, John 14:6, John 6:44
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