I simply argue that the cross should be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan they had to write his title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek, at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where he died. And that is what he died for. And that is what he died about. That is where churchmen ought to be and what churchmen ought to be about.”
– George MacLeod
Your past failure does not nullify any future blessing from God usually it becomes a ministry where Gods use your failure to encourage others. After I accepted the Lord when started reading I began to see The New Testament saints failed God miserably not bunch holier than thou people who relied on Christ atoning on the cross?
Power means a dramatic or sudden change within a human being personality or behavior or agent of changes; For an example using dynamite to level a building down. Simply placing several sticks of dynamite around the frame work of building would level the structure within minutes. Another illustration of the word power is found within scripture in Romans 1; 16 power. The King James Version Bible Study defines the power that comes from God or the power of God: The Greek word for power is dyamno, meaning dynamite. If Paul were writing today, he would probably speak of atomic power. The gospel is so powerful that it takes people all the way into heaven. Or perhaps another verse found Acts 1; 8 where same word power or dynamo; The first followers of Jesus experienced the power of the gospel in such a profound way that they changed the whole Roman world. Jesus uttered these words, “Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and him who comes to me I will never on any account drive away. Below are some example:
Mary Magdalene; Jesus casted out seven demons, and she became a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.
The first person who met Jesus after His resurrection.
Apostle Peter; Denied Jesus three times; Matthew 26; 69-7, Mark 14; 66-72, Luke 22; 56- 62 and John 18; 25.
State these words; away from for I am sinful man Luke 5;8
Declare Jesus as the messiah the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16; 16.
Preached the first gospel found Acts 2; 14- 36
Open the doors to the gentiles and preached gospel to the gentiles Acts 10; 34- 48,
Declare the gentiles part of God family, Acts 16; 6- 11
Died a martyred legend said he was crucified upside down and felt unworthy of dying like his savour.
James the brother of John; He requested that Jesus bring fire down from heaven to destroyed the Samaritan people because they did not welcome Jesus. Both John and James requested sit both the left and right while Jesus reign in heaven.
James was the first apostle to be martyred Acts 12; 2
John wrote the Gospel of John three letters, and Revelation
The apostle Paul; The Paul known as Saul witness and approved the stoning of Steven the first martyr. He persecuted the church and had signed papers from the Pharisees and had the authority to arrested the Christian and hand them over to the Pharisee to be punished or murdered. While still breathing threats he was traveling to Damascus attending to arrest Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem bound. He thought he was doing God’s work! Where he met the Lord Jesus Christ and converted to Christianity.
Known as the apostle to the Gentiles. Acts 9; 15
Wrote 12 letters in the New Testament, four letters were written in prison.
Was responsible for opening this the doors to Europe so the gospel would be proclaim throughout Europe and Asia. Acts 16
Suffer and was persecuted for the sake of the gospel and he considered it a momentary affliction. 2 Corinthians 11; 24 -28, 2 Corinthians 4:17
He was consider the greatest missionary.
He died a martyred death because he was Roman citizen he likely was beheaded not crucified because Romans would not crucify a Roman citizen.
John Mark: John Mark abandoned Paul and Barnabas while in Pamphylia, and went back to Jerusalem. Acts 13; 13. Paul and Barnabas had a sharp disagreement, and they separated from one another for good. Because Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with him; however, Paul did not want to take him because left them in Pamphylia,
Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. Acts 15 ;39Trained by Apostle Peter consider him be his son. 1Peter 5; 13
Apostle Paul valued him and equip him in the mission field Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry 2 Timothy 4;11
Wrote the gospel of Mark.
Consider the second greatest missionary.
Who was the first person who confesses their sins before Christ, acknowledge Jesus committed no crime and believed he will enter heaven gates, and was declared righteous by Christ and was promise by Christ that he will who enter paradise with Christ?
The bandit on the cross according to Luke 23; 40, Prior to his confession He was one people that mock Jesus along according to Matthew 27; 44. Along with the chief priests, the expect of the law, and the other bandits. However, one of robbers had A Holy Spirit moment began to realize. Jesus was innocent and committed no crime and realize that he guilty as charge, and deserve to die, and acknowledge this to Jesus. He also declared to Jesus to remember me when you come into your kingdom Jesus answered him in paradise, and Jesus declared, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise. Jesus said these words,” When Jesus heard this, He told them, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do need one. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
When analyst 2 Corinthians 5 ; 21 and Luke 23; 40 compare the two texts you can see they’re very similar.
Luke 23,; 40 :Since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.
2 Corinthian 5;21: to be sin for us
Luke 23; 40: But this man has done nothing wrong.
2 Corinthian 5; 21 : God made him who had no sin to be sin for us
” declared not guilty but took our sin
Luke 23; 40: Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.
2 Corinthian 5; 21 : so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The thief was declare righteous through Christ }
Remember these words “ Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you remember Christ crucified and be silent.”
Charles E. Fuller “To know the Word of God, to live the Word of God, to preach the Word, to teach the Word, is the sum of all wisdom, the heart of all Christian service.”