Pastor Floyd Koenig
I Cor. 2:1-8
In this chapter Paul continues his defense of preaching the simple Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He shows that the Gospel is the method that God has determined to use in saving sinners from their sin.
Christ, in His person, offices, and sufferings, is the sum and substance of the Gospel.
When nothing but Christ crucified is plainly preached, the success must be entirely from Divine power accompanying the Word. When the Holy Spirit opens the sinner’s heart to this glorious truth, he is brought to believe to the saving of his soul.
The true foundation of faith is not human reason, but the testimony of God. And the revealer of this divine message is the Holy Spirit.
Christ and His sacrificial death are the sum of the Gospel.
The preaching of the Gospel is called the “preaching of the cross” (I Cor. 1:17-18).
This is the greatest subject for a lost and condemned world. The sinner’s only hope is found in “CHRIST CRUCIFIED.”
I. THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST
A. The crucifixion of Christ was an act of God’s SOVEREIGNTY.
1. The cross of Christ was decreed in heaven before time.
a. Christ was “delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:22-24).
- He gave Himself for His people.
- God, not only foreknew that this would take place, but determined that it should take place.
- God determined this to take place for the salvation of His people, and for the glorifying of His divine perfections.
b. This is why Christ is called “The Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13:8).
2. The crucifixion was carried out in time.
a. In God’s ordained time, He sent His Son into the world. Gal. 4:4-5.
b. God had ordained Christ to be made sin.
- Christ came to die, to be a sacrifice for our sin.
B. The crucifixion of Christ was an act of God’s LOVE.
1. Man became a rebel toward God as a result of Adam’s sin. Rom. 5:12.
- Man’s mind is so blinded to his need that instead of seeking pardon, he runs and hides from God.
2. In GRACE, God sent His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sin. I Jn. 4:10.
- Christ gave Himself to be a sacrifice for our sins.
a. It was His love that caused God to punish His own dearly beloved Son in our stead.
b. It was purely grace that caused the Son to “taste death for every man” (Heb. 2:9).
c. Today, we love God because He first loved us. Rom. 5:6, 8; I Jn. 4:19.
C. The crucifixion of Christ was an act of God’s JUSTICE.
1. The justice of God demanded that sin be punished.
a. We are all sinners. Rom. 3:23.
b. Someone must die for your sin and mine. Rom. 6:23.
2. In MERCY, God lays our iniquity upon Christ. Isa. 53:5-6.
a. Christ takes the punishment due us upon Himself.
b. “He bore our sin in His own body on the tree (cross)” (I Pet. 2:24).
3. Christ was made a CURSE for us. Gal. 3:13.
a. The punishment due us was laid on Christ by God as a just Judge.
b. God imputed our iniquities to Christ and punished Him in our stead.
c. He imputed Christ’s righteousness to us and we are declared righteous in His stead. Rom. 8:1.
II. THE RESULTS OF THE CRUCIFXION
A. The GUILT of sin is REMOVED.
1. As Christ took away our curse by being made a curse, so He took away our sin by being made sin for us.
2. He was made sin that we might be without sin. II Cor. 5:21.
3. He suffered in the place of the guilty in order to obtain eternal redemption for them. Heb. 9:12, 28.
- He suffered to give them a clear conscience. Heb. 9:14.
B. The POWER of sin is BROKEN.
1. Those in Christ are DEAD to sin. Rom. 6:6-7.
a. Christ gave Himself a sacrifice for the sins of His people in order that they might be delivered from this present evil world system. Gal. 1:4.
b. The believer has been delivered from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Col. 1:12-14.
2. Those in Christ have changed masters. Rom. 6:17-18, 22-23.
3. Christ gave Himself in order to redeem us from the power of sin. Tit. 2:14.
C. Soon we will be SEPARATED from the very PRESENCE of sin.
1. We lost a paradise by sin, and have gained heaven by the cross.
2. Christ has purchased for us eternal life, and prepared eternal mansions for us
a. God, after having justified us through the blood of Christ, will not leave us spiritually defiled, but shall take us to be with Him in heaven.
b. We shall be made like Christ in all things, and we shall see Him as He is. I Jn. 3:2.
c. In the new earth Christ will dwell for ever with His people in a place where sin can never enter.
- In the Lord Jesus Christ, the second Adam, we gain much more than Adam lost when he sinned in the Garden of Eden. Rev. 21:1-4, 7.
• Praise the Lord, Christ died for our sins and rose again for our justification.
• He that overcometh is he that has faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
• We can come to God with boldness and confidence, because Christ was crucified for us. Heb. 10:19-25.
• Have you received this Christ, who was crucified to deliver you from Hell?
• He is the only way to heaven! Jn. 14:6.