Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Some Things That Didn’t Happen On The Cross
A. We know that we are supposed to teach about what occurred to Jesus on the cross (I Corinthians 1:17-18).
1. The Old Law was nailed to the cross (Ephesians 2:13-16 and Colossians 2:8-14).
2. Man has the opportunity to be reconciled to God because Christ having His blood shed on the cross (Colossians 1:13-20).
3. Without the blood of Christ being shed on the cross, His church would not be established (Acts 20:28 and Ephesians 5:25).
4. Every first day of the week we remember the death of Christ (Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 11:23-26).
B. In discussing the actual death of Christ, there are some not so clear Scriptures in the Bible that we must be CAREFUL to rightly divide (II Corinthians 4:2 and II Timothy 2:15).
1. Before moving on, notice something. Ephesians 2:5 teaches that we’re saved by grace. What keeps “us” from the grace only error?
a. We know that other Scriptures show there are more things done unto salvation than just grace (Romans 8:24, Romans 10:10, Romans 10:17, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:38, Luke 14:25-33, Acts 2:38, etc.).
b. We know the context of Ephesians 2:5 teaches more than grace only (Ephesians 2:8-10).
2. The Bible says that Jesus ,“taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
a. Yet, we know that the death of Christ didn’t end sin being in the world (Galatians 1:4 and I John 5:19).
b. Thus, we learn passages such as Titus 2:11-14 define John 1:29.
II. Body: From songs such as, “By Christ Redeemed” to sermons and articles, we find Calvinism among many so-called “churches of Christ”:
A. First, we have to understand that those who err in these areas have misapplied some Scriptures (we’ll examine a short list, not a complete one at all):
1. II Corinthians 5:21 cannot be teaching that Jesus took on anyone’s sins (Hebrews 7:26-27, Hebrews 9:14, and I Peter 1:18-19).
a. We have deduced that Jesus could not have taken on our sins, but we can conclude that He was the sin offering for us (Hebrews 10:1-18).
b. Jesus being the sin offering was even prophesied (Isaiah 53:10).
2. A simple one is Isaiah 53:4 which is explained in Matthew 8:16-17.
3. Another example is Galatians 3:13. When you read, “for it is written” and you look to the cursing applied to those hanging on a tree (cf. Deuteronomy 21:22-23), you know it has nothing to do with Jesus taking on our sins!
a. If we understand sin is something one does (James 4:17 and I John 3:4), we should know sin is not something you “take on” (Ezekiel 18:20).
b. Jesus never sinned or became a sinner (I Peter 2:21-22).
c. If you know Jesus is/was without any sins (I John 3:5), you know that you cannot understand any verse to be saying He became sin! You know then you have to look “deeper”.
B. In regard to John 19:30 this error is taught: “On the cross Jesus said, ‘Tetelisti… It is finished.’ Not… I am finished… But… IT. Our salvation… is finished, completed, perfected” (http://www.churchofchristusa.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=256).
1. Salvation was not finished at the death of Christ (I Corinthians 15:14-24, I Peter 1:3, and I Peter 3:20-21). – The song “Ten Thousand Angels” teaches error on this point!
2. More had to be done even after the ascension of Christ (Luke 24:44-47, Matthew 28:18-20, and Romans 10:14).
3. Our salvation still is not perfected, as we have things to do (Philippians 2:12 and Philippians 3:10-11) including confessing and repenting of sins IF we commit them (I John 1:9). – Jesus’ work is still ongoing in this too (I John 2:1).
C. Another error: “The sacrifice has been made, the means has been provided. God can extend mercy, forgiving our sins, without compromising justice, because His Son died in our stead” (http://www.cedarparkchurchofchrist.org/ptalk/v18/v18n10p7.htm).
1. To do something in someone’s stead is to act as a substitute, fill in for someone, act on their behalf (cf. II Corinthians 5:20).
2. We never had a place on the cross, that was Jesus’ work to carry out (Matthew 20:28 and Ephesians 5:2).
3. Additionally, we still have our own crosses to bear (Matthew 16:24).
D. A popular error: “Jesus came and on the cross he bore the penalty of man's sin so that man can be delivered from the power, the bondage, the eternal consequences of sin and may be at one with God” (http://www.bentonchurchofchrist.com/Articles/Romans.pdf).
1. Physical death (Romans 5:12) still occurs, so that was NOT removed on the cross (I Corinthians 15:26, Hebrews 9:27, and Revelation 2:10).
2. The eternal consequences for sin still exist, so that did not end on the cross either (Galatians 6:7-8, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, James 1:13-15, and Revelation 21:8).
E. Grievous, ignorance: “Like David's cry in Psalm 22:1 where this saying of Christ's is quoted from, the burden of sin brings the sense of isolation, of being forsaken! a. For Jesus this was foreign to Him, He and the Father had always been one, had always had fellowship, and so this sense of separation if even for a moment due to bearing our sins brought a great anguish to His soul… When Jesus cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" it was not just the cry of physical pain but the anguish of separation that sin brings between man and God. Jesus in taking upon Himself our sins felt what we know - separation” (http://www.bellevuechurchofchrist.net/cry%20of%20separation.htm)!
1. Jesus was NEVER separated from the Father (John 8:28-29 and John 16:32).
a. Sin [transgression of God’s law, not transferred sins] is what separates one from God (Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 59:1-3, John 9:31, and I Peter 3:12).
b. Jesus had no sin (Hebrews 4:14-16).
2. Those who teach that Christ was separated from the Father have ignored the FACT that those who are righteous do no have to fear separation from God (Psalms 37:25, Psalms 94:14, Romans 8:28, and Hebrews 13:5-6, and II John 9).
III. Conclusion: There are certainly many more errors taught about what Jesus did on the cross. The point should be clear though, we cannot make any conclusion on a Scripture if that conclusion is not consistent with the rest of the Scriptures (II Peter 3:16-18).
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