Cross Examine


March 21, 2021


  • The first self is one everybody knows
  • The second self is the one nobody knows
  • The third self is the one you don’t even know
  • The fourth self…

Who? Who is the cross for? 

  • You

Jesus dies for you…all of you.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to the those who perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1Corinthians 1:18, 22-24)

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)


1. My public self. Who do you think I am?

I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court… (1 Corinthians 4:3)

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)

We are fools for Christ…To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. …when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment. (1 Corinthians 4:10-13)

Don’t let your critic be your judge

I do not even judge myself. (1 Corinthians 3)


2. My private self. Who I think I am.

Do not go beyond what is written. …Then you will not be puffed up…. (1 Corinthians 4:6)


3. My real self. Who God knows me to be.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:15)

…I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)


You are more messed up than you even know, but more loved than you’ve ever imagined.

Everybody you see is fighting a battle you do not see.


4. My glory self. Who God wants me to become.

And we all… are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. (1 Corinthians 1:27-28)

He took the most humiliating symbol of a human empire’s power to take life — the cross—and transformed it into a holy symbol of the suffering love of God to give life.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

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