Thursday, September 8, 2016

AT THE CROSS OR BY THE CROSS? - By Joel Finck



AT THE CROSS OR BY THE CROSS? 
By Joel Finck


Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:16, I Timothy 2:6

What a big difference a little word can make! This is  especially true when it comes to the choice of words made by  the Holy Spirit as He inspired the Scriptures. In Ephesians  2:16 we read, "And that he might reconcile both [Jew and  Gentile] unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the  enmity thereby." On the basis of this and similar passages,  many conclude that the joint Body of Christ began at the time  of the crucifixion of Christ. While it is easy to see how one  could arrive at this conclusion, we must point out some  important facts.

First, Paul does not say this joint Body was formed at the  cross, but rather, by the cross. In other words, the Body of  Christ was made possible by the wonderful sacrifice which our  Lord performed at Calvary. Our text in Ephesians does not  say thatthe Body of Christ was historically begun at that time.  In the next chapter, Paul clearly states that the dispensation  of the grace of God, including the revelation concerning the  joint Body of Jew and Gentile, was a mystery until revealed to  him (Ephesians 3:1-6).

Second, according to I Timothy 2:6, the full result of the  death of Christ was not revealed when it occurred; for Paul  says, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God  and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom  for all, to be testified in due time" (I Timothy 2:5,6). When  was this "due time"? The next verse tells us: "Whereunto I  am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in  Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and  verity" (I Timothy 2:7). The complete sacrifice for all mankind  was accomplished by the cross but was not revealed until Paul.



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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