“The mystery of Christ” as the Apostle Paul called it.
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
– Ephesians 3:1-4
The very mystery that Paul is referring to happens be what Jesus Christ was referring in his God-mind when He said, “It is finished”—the totality, the scope, the meaning of the New Covenant.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
– John 19:30
“Jesus Christ is the New Covenant. The meaning of this New Covenant was given to the Apostle Paul, the meaning of which is the Cross of Christ, which Paul gave to us in his 14 Epistles.” (Swaggart, Jimmy, “The Message of the Cross”)
This Message has long since lost its appeal to the Church. In fact, the Cross is little mentioned anymore as the Church has gone on to place their Faith in other things to attempt to Sanctify the Believer. Fad by fad, failure after failure.
Fortunately, in 1997, the Lord saw fit to reveal to long-time Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart—making it clear to him that the only solution for man’s sin problem is the Cross of Christ. This is where the Sin Nature is silenced, breaking Satan’s legal right to harass sinful man and the Holy Spirit assumes legal right to dispense the Grace of God freely to undeserving Saints
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
– Romans 8:1-2
MESSAGE OF THE CROSS
- Jesus Christ is the Source of all things that we receive from God. (John 1:1, John 1:14, John 1:29, John 14:6, John 14:20, Colossians 2:10-15)
- The Cross of Christ is the means and the only means by which all of these wonderful things are given to us. (Romans 6:1-14, Galatians 6:14, Colossians 2:14-15)
- Without the Lord as the Source and the Cross as the means, the Cross of Christ, without fail, must be the Object of Our Faith. (I Corinthians 1:17, 18, 23, 2:2)
- Without our Lord as the Source, the Cross as the Means, and the Cross the Object of Our Faith, then the Holy Spirit, Who works exclusively within the parameters, so to speak, of the Finished Work of Christ, will grandly work on our behalf. If our Faith is placed anywhere other than the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit will not and, in fact, cannot function and work on our behalf. He is the one who works on our behalf, who alone can make us what we ought to be, and who works exclusively within the boundaries of the Cross of Christ. (Romans 8:1-14, Ephesians 2:13-18)
(Swaggart, Jimmy, “The Message of the Cross”)