Recently, a well known Pastor made the following statement on Twitter,
“The well-intentioned fad of finding the Cross in every verse is eisegesis. Even Jesus didn’t do that! Never force a theology.”
In an effort to avoid bringing any unnecessary division to the body of Christ and in particular to our local body at Center Hill, the above Pastor will remain nameless. However, the statement which he made brings up a question which must be addressed. Does looking for the ‘cross’ of Christ in every verse of the Bible force the text of the verse to say something that it doesn’t or is this approach a necessary means for us to properly hear the Word of our Lord and it’s meaning? The issue and answer is simply this, which may have escaped the above Pastor, “Let the text speak”. And speak they will when we understand the purpose and foundation for which they were given.
It is a dangerous road we travel when we use the Scriptures for any purpose other than what they are intended for. God has given us His ‘Word’ both incarnate, in the person of Jesus Christ, and through the written Word, the scriptures. They both proclaim that God’s redemptive story of rescuing humans from themselves and their hell bound race through life, was accomplished in the Person and the finished work of Jesus Christ, at the CROSS.
The work of redemptive history continues, until ‘all the people of the earth praise Him’ (Psa 67:3). He is not yet finished with drawing all His people to Himself. With that said, redemptive history found it’s accomplishment in the cross of Christ. Jesus Himself, said of His own death on the cross, that His blood was the blood of the new covenant which was promised centuries before which provided for the ‘forgiveness of sins’, something the previous covenant did not. And forgiveness of sins is the one thing needed for redemption.
If we begin to read the scriptures from any other perspective other than God’s story of redemption of a people in need of redeeming and that redemption having been finished completely in the person and work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we will begin to use it for purposes it was never intended. We will moralize or politicize the Word of God for our own agendas and may this never be.
It is not a social, political, or even a moral gospel. It is the gospel, ‘good news’, of God that HE SAVES SINNERS and that through the cross of Christ. When that is found in our scripture passages, it is the power of God unto salvation and will transform lives and cultures. Never make more of the Scriptures and never make less of them.
I decided to know nothing among you except Christ and Him CRUCIFIED. – Paul to the Corinthians.