Persecution part of the cross by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 25, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

Persecution. That’s part and parcel of the cross. You don’t want to have persecution? Don’t preach the cross. That’s pretty simple. Now this is what I call the sifting of boys and men or women and children or however you want to say it. The ones that will stand up and say like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the good news of gospel.” I know that there are too many people that will look at this message and take the passage I’ve taken out Corinthians 1:18 through 23, where it says that this power to those that are in the process of being saved is the power of salvation, it’s the dynamite of God. But to those that are perishing, it’s foolishness; you’re wasting your time. To the Jews, a scandolon, a scandal, and to the Greeks, foolishness; still today, “What a scandal that a Savior might go to a cross to redeem the world.

Talk about scandal, using the very law and proclaiming it there. And this is the Savior you’re going to worship.” Yes. Persecution, part of the cross. Oh, this one everybody likes. Galatians 5:24, I’m going to do a, try and do a little bit of a culmination here. Sanctification would be what I would label that. At the cross, sanctification. What does it say? “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections,” or the desires “and lusts.” And put in proper context, this is why we studied this.

Do you remember this passage, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also,” “come under,” the word in the Greek, “under its dominion, under the dominion of the Spirit,” to where we come under it and come in line like an army marching, a marching band. So the concept of what comes before it, “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts,” is a picture of sanctification, a life committed and submission to the Spirit that lets us, it’s day by day have, even if they’re small victories in Christ, because we’re not made perfect now.

We’re made perfect over there, but the walk to being made complete is a process. It’s on going. So this act at the cross of sanctification; salvation, righteousness, freedom from the law, faith at the cross; all of these at the cross; with the cross persecution, being crucified in Christ with the connection to sanctification, and the last one, Galatians 6:12 through 17, which is perhaps where I started studying and came to this as an ominous conclusion. “As many,” chapter 6, verse 12, “As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.”

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