Cross bearing

Bearing your cross and following Jesus: How do you know if you’re not bearing your cross? How do you know if you’ve cast away your cross? It’s when you do the very same things He was crucified for. He was crucified for our sins.

6 Responses to “Cross bearing”

  1. Forrest S Says:

    Amen, very insightful. If we are going back to the sin He died for it is because we failed to deny self and mortify the deeds of the body (by the Spirit), which is to say we did not continue in faith and grace. The sin is indicative of the old nature ruling over you bringing you under the dominion of sin and satan. Thus we must be absolutely certain that we do not take LIGHTLY Christ’s command to deny ourselves and take up our cross (daily) – for a life of practicing (and not just quoting) this can only, in the truest sense, be rightly considered following Jesus and being a “little Christ.”

    Amen! Great word brother, this verse/reality was on my heart today (and recently). I believe it is one thing the Spirit is currently saying to the church.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Don’t mind me asking, bro, but where did the term “little christ” come from? It’s never sat well with me.

  3. Forrest S Says:

    Well, perhaps it has no true historical meaning… I mean it in the sense that by merit of abiding in the Vine and having Christ in you by way of the Holy Spirit and being thus perfectly taught (by Him), we will be like our teacher – Christ. He said of His disciples, “You are the light of the world”…but had also said “I am the light of the world.” So no, we are not gods or anything like that, but so in His Image and Likeness so as to be an expression of Christ in some way and to some measure.

    But now that you mention it, it could be very misunderstood and imply very harmful heresy, I will not likely be using it again. :)

  4. ian vincent Says:

    Yes, it could easily be misunderstood.

    It’s a totally glorious truth that we are brought into Christ and are made joint heirs with Him, and rule and reign with Him, seated with Him, and even made partakers of the divine nature, and yet forever we will be creatures and He alone will be God.

  5. Forrest S Says:

    100% Amen. Absolutely.

  6. ian vincent Says:

    In Christ, God lifts man to the highest place, short of becoming God. It is an infinite honor for a fallen sinner to be elevated to such glory.

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