by Norman P. Grubb
It is the your cross” stage, beyond the point of going to His cross for salvation, and then on His cross and thus He in us/as us we now move on to become participators in His cross. Finally, there is a warning Paul gives in 1 Corinthians 4:14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children that there is now the call to us to “take up your cross and follow Me” and thus be Who He is. Some deeper recognition is involved in this and not all believers follow through into the total meaning of our New Being.
See in 1 Corinthians 4:8—14 where Paul so differentiates between the Corinthian Church with its blessed and gifted members, and himself and others who were “apostles” and warns those saints - 1 Corinthians 4:14 about their danger of coming short of their comple¬tion of taking their intercessory share in the Spirit’s saving actions by the Saviour’s body.
1 Corinthians 4:8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have become kings--and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you!
9For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.
10We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!
11To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.
12We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.
14I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
As disciples, learners, as in Luke 14:23—33, the Spirit takes us through detaching—attaching processes.
Luke 14:23 Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. 24I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' "
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