1 Peter 1: 17- 21, “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of our sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were no redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
I have been in convocation about many different doctrines but the one doctrine that almost always gets the royal brush off is the Message of the Cross, the New Covenant, Christ & Him Crucified and the Cross of Christ; these are all synonymous for the Gospel. Yes the same Gospel the LORD God told Adam and Eve after the Fall in Genesis 3: 15, the same Gospel the Lord told Abram in Genesis 12: 1- 3, and the Gospel the LORD God of Israel told the children of Israel throughout the Old Testament. God instituted and established the Mosaic Law and Sacrificial System of Worship as a means to point to Christ and His Atoning Work on Calvary’s Cross.
I think the main reason why most ministers don’t like or understand the Message of the Cross is because it shows how deep sin goes. It shows how deeply entrenched the Sin Nature goes as it regards our heart. Our enmity towards God and the Things of God pulls us down to the lowest depth of human imaginations. The Doctrine of the Cross was formed in the Mind of God in Eternity Past as proved by 1 Peter 1: 19 & 20. If there was a lamb slain at the foundation of the world for the sins of mankind before we showed up, then why would allow any other doctrine to the bases of our ministers? Meaning if you preach anything other than a Bloody Savior, you are not preaching the Gospel. You are preaching another Jesus.
Because of Adam’s disobedience to the Word of God regarding the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil he plunged mankind into the sin riddled, God hating, death clutching people we are today. Now because of this we have to taste physical death, but the Lord in has mercy has made provision, a means of escaping the full and total separation from Him. And this is only found in Christ Jesus. On the Cross the Lord Jesus stood in the gap from fallen mankind by giving Himself as sacrifice to satisfy the Righteous demands of a Thrice Holy God. Only self- righteous ministers teach and preach other doctrines as means of Salvation and Sanctification or additives for Salvation and Sanctification, and they did this because they don’t understand the Weight of the Cross or they know and don’t want to believe that we are that depraved. But at the core is self, we want to help God with His Work in our lives so we can have so bragging rights.
Our text shows that God doesn’t need us getting in the way of His Work in us. When He needs us to do something for Him He will ask. If you have personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus, He will tell us what He expects from His Servants. Good masters always tell their servants their will and wants. So since we serve the Great Master, the Lord of host, He is well able to position us towards His Will.
All false doctrines base themselves in rules and rituals as a means of Salvation and Sanctification. And most ministers and ministries use elements of the Bible to back their lies then place anything and anyone that does agree with them in the realm of the Anti-Christ and that they preach and teach lawlessness. At the Fall of Man in Genesis 3, the Lord cursed the serpent with the Good News of the SEED, so why would we (in our still fallen condition) teach and preach anything other then what the LORD God cursed the enemy with and blessed us in?
The big fisherman Simon Peter was the first to call the Lord the Christ, he also preached the first message of the church, and it was to him the Lord gave our text. The LORD showed Peter what He did at the foundation of the world. And if we can’t see this simple truth then false doctrine plays more into our ministries than the Foundation Doctrine of the Slain LAMB of God.