We often hear a sermon on all that Christ’s death on the cross accomplished for us. If you haven’t heard one recently it might be a good indication that you need to switch church fellowships and find one that majors on the Gospel of the Kingdom. Just a thought.
However, I can’t ever remembering hearing a teaching on things that are not ours because of Jesus’s death on the cross of Calvary. In other words, “six things Jesus didn’t die for.” So, let’s summarize them because there are many church assemblies that think – or at least live life – as if these are part of the work of Christ’s death and resurrection. These have become part of a number of false gospels preached in many churches in many nations.
1> Jesus didn’t die so that we could take advantage of His Grace
Grace is never deserved, and it also is not to be taken advantage of. While God’s grace flows in abundance, this does not give us the right to missue it for the benefit of our selfish desires. This doesn’t mean we are expected to be perfect, but instead progressing toward real righteousness, God’s way.
Titus 2:11-12 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…”
2> Jesus didn’t die so that we could reflect Christianity in a hateful way
Whether in person, on social media, or even through the grapevine, Jesus did not die on a cross so that you could claim to love Him yet reflect an opposite result to others.
1 John 4:20 “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
3> Jesus didn’t die so that we could pursue money, fame, and materialism
The cross points us to Christ, not creation. The gift of grace was not presented so that we could become infatuated by the pursuit of riches, titles, and glory. The cross of Christ gives us a new hope, a new vision, and a new purpose – beyond all that. We are called to be “not of this world.” As a Christian, your life should reflect an image of grace and selflessness, not greed and self-entitlement.
Romans 12”2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
4> Jesus didn’t die so that we could wear crosses around our necks honouring the sacrifice that was made on one
A cross isn’t just a fashion accessory. The significance of the cross has more weight than any symbol in the world. And while many use this symbol as nothing more than a piece of bling, God highlights it as the very thing He sent His Son Jesus to die upon.
1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
5> Jesus didn’t die so that we could make money off His Name
Biblically there is nothing wrong with having a Christian company. The problem is when one uses the same of Jesus to strictly make a profit, with no vision of expanding the reach of His hope and His Kingdom. It all comes down to one’s motives.
2 Corinthians 2:17 “For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”
6> Jesus didn’t die so that we could live a life free from pain
Free from pain? Nope. But with strength to lean on during trials? Yes. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that life will be just peachy, but it does mean you will have Someone to rely on during times of pain and suffering.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
There are so many other things we could say here …
Jesus didn’t die so we could have religion. Just the opposite. He came to destroy religion.
Jesus didn’t die so you could have an easy life. He died that you could have eternal life
And, on the list could go. If you think of another one – jot me a note and we can together add to the list I have started….