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Philippians 3:17-19 “brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an example. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”
Whoever these individuals were, the Apostle concluded them to be “enemies of the Cross of Christ.” He didn’t say “enemies of Christ,” but rather “enemies of the Cross of Christ.” He was speaking of the Judaizers, whom he mentioned at the beginning of this Third Chapter of Philippians.
The Judaizers were Jews (or current apostates who wont preach about the cross) who had accepted Christ as the Messiah, but who also insisted that all Believers, both Jews and Gentiles, had to keep the Law. As such, their emphasis was on the law, and not at all on the Cross of Christ. Regrettably, the problem didn’t die with the Judaizers. In fact, it is the problem which plagues the Church even unto this hour.
Anyone who purposely makes something other than the Cross of Christ the Object of his Faith, no matter who that person might be, can be concluded to be none other than an “enemy of the Cross of Christ.” All Salvation is found in the Cross; all Victory is found in the Cross; all Power is found in the Cross; all overcoming Glory is found in the Cross; all healing is found in the Cross; all Life is found in the Cross. Anything and everything that we receive from the Lord actually comes to us exclusively from Christ as the Source and the Cross as the means, with the Holy Spirit superintending all that is done.
How much of the modern Church would have to be concluded to be “enemies of the Cross of Christ”? I’m afraid that almost all would fall into that category. Through the Apostle, the Holy Spirit says four things about such Preachers and people, which are:
1. “Whose end is destruction”: If the Cross of Christ is rejected, ignored, or given a secondary position, then destruction is the only conclusion, inasmuch as the Cross Christ alone stands between men and Hell. If we reject the Cross, we have, at the same time, rejected Christ.
2. “Whose God is their belly”: This refers to the fact that they are concerned about material things, and material things alone.
3. “Whose glory is in their shame”: The material things they seek, God labels as “shame.”
4. “Who mind Earthly things”: This means they have no interest in Heavenly things; they are merely using the Lord for their own personal gain.
Let us say it again:
If anyone rejects the Cross, they have, at the same time, rejected Christ! Source: Expositors Word for Everyday November 5th
If you go to the store to buy Meat, don't run to the Milk section or the Junk Food aisle looking for it!!
The Meat Section is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Milk Section is likened to those who will not preach on sin and Hell, just a feel good message, the Social gospel.
The Junk Food Isle is the outright false doctrine AKA the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it, the Hebraic Roots movement and other false teachings!!
Feasting on just Milk and Junk will eventually cause you great harm, you can count on it!!
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