If you believe in the Cross of Christ, now what?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
If God only wanted to give you a home in heaven, why are you still here?
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
The fact is, God knew who was going to believe in him to receive Eternal Life before the world began, but God wants to conform us after soul salvation, to the image of his Son.
If you truly believe that all mankind is lost, what are you doing about that?
2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Don’t just say your fellow man is lost and on his way to Hell, do something about it!
2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
What is the new creature? It is what God is forming today in the dispensation of the grace of God.
Ephesians 2:13-15 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
This one new man is formed from all nations
Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
2nd Corinthians Starts off with the pleasures of laboring and suffering with Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-8
Blessed be God, even the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 8For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
The salvation spoken of in verse 6 is salvation from grief or sorrow.
In 1st Corinthians a man was messing around with his Fathers wife and Paul tells the Corinthians to kick him out of the church. After being cast out of the Church the man cleans up and wants to come back in the church, but the Corinthians don’t want to let him back in and Paul here is telling them to let him back in or he will be swallowed up with sorrow.
2nd Corinthians 2:7-8, 11
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Just as apostle Paul is our pattern.
1 Timothy 1:15-16
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
The Lord told Ananias there are great things Paul must suffer for the name Jesus Christ.
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
We should not think that the sufferings from the Gospel is a strange thing, but we should be prepared to patiently go through these sufferings knowing that the love of God will be shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Next we see through laboring with Christ as ambassadors fruit.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
As a savour of his Knowledge some are brought to life by the Gospel others are shown of there dead state.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.
The spiritual man loves the Knowledge of God, but the carnal man hates the Knowledge of God.
Marshall Coleman Sr