No Cross, No Crown
The Wake-Up Herald
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
July 23, 2011
No Cross, No Crown
“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” --Galatians 6:14
The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter. The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before that cross it bows and toward that cross it points with carefully staged histrionics--but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.
I well know how many smooth arguments can be marshaled in support of the new cross. Does not the new cross win converts and make many followers and so carry the advantage of numerical success? Should we not adjust ourselves to the changing times? Have we not heard the slogan, "New days, new ways"? And who but someone very old and very conservative would insist upon death as the appointed way to life? And who today is interested in a gloomy mysticism that would sentence its flesh to a cross and recommend self-effacing humility as a virtue actually to be practiced by modern Christians? These are the arguments, along with many more flippant still, which are brought forward to give an appearance of wisdom to the hollow and meaningless cross of popular Christianity.
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of Man, 53, 54.
The cross is the symbol of Christianity, and the cross speaks of death and separation, never of compromise. No one ever compromised with a cross. The cross separated between the dead and the living. The timid and the fearful will cry "Extreme!" and they will be right. The cross is the essence of all that is extreme and final. The message of Christ is a call across a gulf from death to life, from sin to righteousness and from Satan to God.
A. W. Tozer, The Set of the Sail, 35, 36.
"Then Jesus said to His disciples: If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me!" Matthew 16:24
Salvation is undoubtedly all of grace. It is offered freely in the Gospel to the chief of sinners--without money and without price. But all who receive this great salvation must prove the reality of their faith--by carrying their cross after Christ. They must not think to enter Heaven without trouble, pain, suffering, and conflict on earth. They must be content to take up . . . the cross of DOCTRINE--holding a faith which the world despises; and the cross of PRACTICE--the cross of living a life which the world ridicules as too strict, and righteous over much.
They must be willing . . .
to crucify the flesh,
to mortify the deeds of the body,
to fight daily with the devil,
to come out from the world, and
to lose their lives, if needful, for Christ's sake.
These are hard sayings, but they admit of no evasion. The words of our Lord are plain and unmistakable.
If we will not carry the cross--we shall never wear the crown!
“And whosoever does not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
J. C. Ryle
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
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