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Apostle Paul speaks of Christ Crucifixion by Pastor Melissa Scott

Let me get this straight, because I think I have a pretty good handle on what the Apostle Paul was saying to us. That’s what made me go back and say hold on a minute. Ostensibly for some of us, it’s so evident, it’s so clear. I need to go back and highlight something. So that’s what we’re doing. So I decided I would look at everywhere that Paul is highlighting an angle of the cross, which gives me, if it’s only a little bit of a better understanding and a fuller picture of what Christ did. So, I’m going to start at Galatians 1, verses 3 through 5, let’s see if we can at least get through the first one and I’ve got my chicken scratch here. You know, we went through this.

I taught verse by verse. And seemingly, do you want to know the truth? I just didn’t see it while we were going thought it. I did verse by verse, but I really didn’t see and I pray you’ll see when we’re done how much of the cross, how much; not just the verbiage and the words itself, but how much of the cross Paul is preaching. And by the way, this is what I love about his writing, when he came to Corinth, he said, “I am determined to know nothing among you, save

Christ and he crucified.” Everywhere that he went, he preached the cross.

So here in Galatians 1, I put this.

And remember, there is no chapter and verse. Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that when Paul wrote, he wrote a letter. So I just basically broke the verse up by putting numbers, but it reads in one fell swoop. “Grace is to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom is glory for ever and ever? Amen.” So I took this apart a little bit and I looked at-I’m going to try and find my words and how I’ve lined them up. The first thing is He gave Himself.

Now I would like to point this out to you because it will probably be the most important thing I say to you that everywhere that Paul preaches Christ crucified. Some of you have been here for grammar lessons when I talk about the aorist. It’s an act that happened back there. Guess what? Every time that, almost every time the Apostle Paul speaks of Christ crucified, it’s perfect. The grammar says it’s not perfect-it is perfect by the way, but the tense, the mood, is perfect.

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