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Matthew 10:38 (b) This is always a symbol of suffering and of pain and sorrow. To take up the Cross means to deliberately and willingly enter into a path of obedience to GOD and service for GOD that perhaps may entail the loss of earthly possessions and of friends and the enduring of hardships and difficulties of a severe nature. It means self-denial and self-abnegation. It means a willingness to lay aside opportunities for earthly advancement and be willing to live in more or less of obscurity if that is the will of GOD. It means the denying of luxuries, self-interests and ambitions in order to enter fully into a walk with the rejected CHRIST in a hostile world.

1 Corinthians 1:17 (b) In this passage the Cross represents the preaching of those truths which condemns men, reveals their unsaved condition, exposes the wickedness of their hearts, makes known their inability to save or help to save themselves. Men do not want the story about their own wicked and helpless condition. The Cross reveals that all that GOD can do with any person of any kind, anywhere, is to put him to death. No person is fit to live in GOD's presence without the Saviour. It is the preaching of this truth which men call "foolishness."

Galatians 6:14 (a) In this interesting passage the Cross has several implications. When the Lord JESUS was made sin for us, took our place under the wrath of GOD, identified Himself and His life with ourselves and our lives, GOD caused Him to be crucified; GOD poured His wrath out upon the One who was taking; our place. The world crucified CHRIST, and that makes the world an enemy of every Christian. But since JESUS was dying for the individual, the Cross means that this individual has been put to death by the world that crucified Christ; therefore, he is dead to the call and the attractions of the world. This truth should cause us to live in separation from that which is so full of enmity against our lovely Lord.

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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Cross'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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