The PERFECT DOCTRINE
aymon de albatrus
slave of Christ
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (1Co 2:2)
“But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness;” (1Co 1:23)
The human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and we see proof of that in ALL religions with all sorts of doctrines within the same group. Christianity is no different with its hundreds, indeed thousands of splinter groups each with its peculiar doctrine and everyone claiming to be the correct one and the others false. This is nothing else but the result of vanity in the human soul.
Indeed they all are in danger of being wrong and faulty, for the only correct and perfect Doctrine is: “TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED”.
This is the centrality of the Christian doctrine. If any Christian doctrine does not base its absolute foundation and its “bottom line” on the above true statement then it is a false doctrine. Every single Theological declaration has to have its root well grounded in “to know Jesus Christ and Him crucified” to be true and perfect.
Every single doctrine such as: Election, Redemption, Justification, Eternal states, Baptism, Communion and all the others must stem out of this short proclamation “to know Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, this is their true and absolute “raison d’être” and none other.
When Paul says; “save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” he proclaims to have had a personal, spiritual and experiential knowledge of the Lord Jesus Himself which Paul valued above all else (Phi 3:8) and by knowing Christ and Him crucified qualified him to make known God’s salvation in Christ. Paul took great delight and pleasure to make known the things respecting the person of Christ that He was God, the Son of God, and truly man. God and man in one person; as that He was the Messiah, the only Mediator (1Ti 2:5), Prophet, Priest, and King, the Head, THE Saviour and because of these things He was/is the only ONE that could be the Redeemer of His church and of His people.
Christ on the cross procured for His people the blessings of grace; as that justification is by His righteousness, pardon by His blood, peace, reconciliation, and atonement by his sacrifice, and salvation alone is entirely by Him. Paul’s determination was to preach none but Christ and Him crucified; not himself, nor man; nor the power and purity of human nature, the free will and works of the creature, but to exclude all and everything from being partners with Christ in the business of salvation. This was the doctrine He chose in the first place, and principally to insist upon, even salvation by Christ, and only to know Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
The whole Bible is about salvation from Hell and salvation comes only through and by Christ on the cross. No Church, no Madonnas, no Saints, no icons or images, no nothing can save a person, but only Jesus Christ and Him crucified: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Christ) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Act 4:12)
This is the true doctrine of the Bible. This is the only thing of which Paul purposed to have any worthwhile knowledge of (Act 20:24). Indeed it is the only profitable thing we shall bring with us when our last day is over on this earth.
Paul resolved not only to make the Messiah the grand object of his knowledge and attention, but EVEN a crucified Messiah; to maintain the doctrine that the Messiah was to be crucified for the sins of His people; and that He who had been crucified for this purpose was in fact the Messiah: “But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness;” (1Co 1:23)
To the Jews a stumbling block for they had looked for a magnificent temporal prince; but the doctrine that their Messiah was crucified dashed all their expectations. And they regarded it with contempt and scorn, just in proportion as their hopes had been elevated, and these high expectations cherished. They had the common feelings of all men, the native feelings of pride and self-righteousness, by which they rejected the doctrine that we are dependent for salvation on Christ who was crucified. They endeavoured to convince themselves that He was the object of the Divine dereliction and abhorrence; and they, therefore, rejected the doctrine of the cross with the deepest feelings of detestation. (Isa 53:4)
To the Greeks and to the Gentiles in general they esteemed the whole account a fable, and an imposition. It did not accord with their own views of the way of elevating the condition of man (same as in democracy today). They saw no efficacy in the doctrine, no tendency in the statement, that a man of humble birth was put to death in an ignominious manner (the worse death reserved for criminals) in Judea could make men better, or to receive pardon for their sins.
Their unregenerate human nature was blind to the beauty of the character of Christ, blind to the purpose of His death; and they therefore regarded the whole statement as folly (1Co 2:14) as are the common feelings of men of today. Everywhere sinners have the same views of the cross; and everywhere the human heart, if left to itself, rejects it, as either a stumbling-block or as folly. But the doctrine should be preached, though it is an offence, and though it appears to be folly. It is the only hope of man; and by the preaching of the cross alone can sinners be brought to a state of heart to be saved.
“To know “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” ought to be the resolution of every true minister of the Gospel. This is the business of his life. It is not to be a politician; not to engage in the strife and controversies of men; it is not to be a good farmer or highfalutin scholar; not to mingle with his people in festive circles and enjoyments; not to be a man of taste and philosophy, and distinguished mainly for refinement of manners; not to be a profound philosopher or metaphysician; but to make Christ crucified the grand object of his attention, and seek always and everywhere to make Him known, the crucified Lord Jesus Christ.
He is not to be ashamed of the humbling doctrine that Christ was crucified. He is to glorify in Him crucified. Though the world may ridicule; though philosophers may sneer; though the rich and the gay may deride it, yet this is to be the grand object of interest to him; and at no time, and in no society, is he to be ashamed of it. (2Ti 1:12)
It matters not what are the amusements of society around him; what fields of science, of gain, or ambition, are open before him; the minister of Christ is to know Christ and Him crucified alone. If he cultivates science or art or the employment of men , thinking he may the more successfully in explaining and vindicate the Gospel, then he is mistaken for the great plan of redemption is Spiritual and can only be explained spiritually as the Holy Spirit empowers: “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what you shall speak, neither do you premeditate: but whatever shall be given you in that hour, that speak you: for it is not you that speak, but the Holy Ghost.” (Mar 13:11)
The preaching of the cross is the only kind of preaching that will be attended with success. As for the Divine mission, the dignity, the works, the doctrines, the person, and the atonement of Christ, will be successful. So it was in the time of the Apostles; so it was with the Reformation; so it was (and is) in all the true Christian missions; so it has been in all revivals of religion. There is a power about that kind of preaching which philosophy and human reason have not. Christ crucified is God’s only great ordinance for the salvation of His people from their sins. (Mat 1:21)
When a man falls on his knees with a contrite heart and honestly says from the heart: “Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for having died on the cross to save from Hell my wretched soul full of sins. Thank you Lord for your magnificent and unmerited Grace, Amen” That person manifests and proclaims the only Perfect Doctrine and the only True Theology expressed in: “TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED”.