Because of the Glory of the Cross

Josh Greiner September 19, 2021 John 19:16-30
Outline

John 12:23 - And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”

John 17:1-2 - Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.”

6 surprising elements of the glory of the cross

I. Christ’s Willingness to be Cast Out in Order for Us to be Brought in

A. He went to the place of the skull

Hebrews 13:11-13 - For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

B. He was numbered with the transgressors

Isaiah 53:12 - Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death ,and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.

II. Christ Endured Being Mocked Even Though He Is the King, so We Would Be Accepted

Revelation 12:10 - … the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

A. The mockery of Pilate’s inscription

John 19:19-22 - Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

B. Jesus’ glory as King will be displayed to many

Revelation 19:16 - And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Philippians 2:8-11 - Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

III. Christ Was Stripped so that We Can be Clothed

A. The soldiers took His clothes and exposed His nakedness

John 19:23 - Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

Psalm 22:18 - They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

B. Christ took the nakedness and shame of mankind that started in the garden

Genesis 3:7-11 - Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

C. We can be clothed with salvation made available at the cross

Isaiah 61:10 - I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Romans 6:11 - Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 13:14 - But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

IV. Christ Was Alone so that We Can be Adopted

A. Jesus’ provision for His mother while suffering

John 19:26-27 - When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

B. Jesus’ provision for His enemies through suffering and death

Romans 5:8-10 - But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 8:15 - … you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

V. Christ Was Willing to Thirst so that We Would Never Thirst Again

A. The physical thirst

John 19:28 - After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”

Psalm 69:21 - They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

B. The spiritual thirst

Jeremiah 2:11-13 - Has a nation changed gods When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. “Be appalled, O heavens, at this, and shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord. “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.”

John 7:37-39 - Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

VI. Christ Obediently Accomplished the Work of the Father so that We Can Turn from Our Dead Works and Believe in Him

A. By trusting in His finished work

John 19:30 - He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

John 10:18 - No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.

John 17:4 - I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.

B. By living out our faith based on what He has accomplished

Ephesians 2:8-10 - For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

If you have your Bibles, please turn to John 18…that is on page 89 –we are going to be studying verses 18-30 this morning…

John Piper defines God’s glory as the public display of God’s infinite holiness that results in praise…

Just let that roll around in your mind for a moment…public display of God’s infinite holiness…that results in praise.

There are a few aspects to this definition: public display…display of what…who God is….and the fact that he is unlink anyone else…and then there is the purpose…for the praise…for worship.

We all get glimmers of what this glory looks like and means in our own lives….I love to watch a good action movie and so much of those movies involve the theme of Glory…the public exaltation of someone….generally because of who that person is or what they have/can do.

Normally it is great public figures that are give glory…rarely do we think about the Janitor receiving glory…we think about kings and queens…in fact when you hear someone in a movie call a monarch, “your majesty” what are they saying, “you are great, you are glorious”

And God is very jealous for his glory…the praise that is due him. In fact, in Isaiah 42 he says that he will not share his glory with another.

Meaning, that praise that worship that is due to Him…he will not share with anyone else.

Why, because it would be against his character to share that glory with anyone else. It is not that God is some spoiled child that won’t share his toys with the other kids. Rather, it is would be more like a man being willing to share his wife…it would be completely wrong.

The point that I am trying to make is…God is very focused on his glory…the praise that is due to him. But what is fascinating when you think about God’s glory is that his glory is not achieved the way that we think about glory being achieved.

I am going to read two passages, but I want you to try to consider what this would have been like for the disciples to hear this…

John 12:23 — 23 And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

John 17:1–2 — 1 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, 2 even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.

If you didn’t have any context for what Christ was talking about in these two passages, you might be thinking just like the disciples were thinking….now is the time for Jesus to show…HE IS THE KING.

We are going to ride into Jerusalem, we are going to overthrow our oppressors…a new age is going to be ushered in…one in which Jesus is setup just like any other amazing King…

Now is the time when Jesus is glorified….now is the time…this is going to be great.

Christ knows better…he knows what is going to glorify him…it’s not this amazing overthrow of the Romans and the oppressive Jewish system…it’s the cross…

This morning I want us to think about…

Enjoying Life in His name because of the Glory of the Cross

READ JOHN 19:16-30

With our time this morning let’s look at…6 Surprising Elements of the Glory of the Cross

The first is…

Christ’s willingness to be cast out in order for us to be brought in.

Christ is the one and only unique Son of God….he is the one who knows the father completely and fully….

What would motivate him to do this? What would motivate the Cross…it’s God glory…and from that glory comes the most peculiar thing…God loves you…

He loves you….you….let’s just be honest for a moment…you are not all that lovely…you are a rebel…you are a traitor…you are guilty of being a liar, a thief…and so much more…and yet he loves you…

And he loves you so very much that he is willing to be cast out…cast out of the presence of the Father…so that you might be brought in….brought in to the family of God…

For you….Christ….

He went to the place of the skull

The place of the skull is translated Golgotha in Hebrew, and in Latin it is translated Calvary…regardless of the language…This is significant as you executed people outside the city,.

  • Crucifixions were like billboards….as you entered the city, you were warned that if you do not submit to Roman authority, if you are an insurrectionist this will happen to you, because of the power, might, and glory of Rome.

Yet the cross of Christ did so much more… this was more than just a horrible crucifixion…it was a sin offering to show that we have actually rebelled against the true power and authority of the universe God…

Do you believe that about yourself…do you view yourself as a rebel…you are a rebel against God…if you don’t know Christ…you are still a rebel…

Christ died and was sentenced liked a rebel…but he was no rebel…

we have the willing obedience of the Son to the Father….to the place of the Skull…where Rome made examples of those who defied their authority…yet he is no Rebel…he is the one who obeys perfectly.

Exodus 29:14 — 14 “But the flesh of the bull and its hide and its refuse, you shall burn with fire outside the camp; it is a sin offering.

  • The Author of Hebrews highlights how important it was for Christ to be taken outside the city as an offering for sin…so that we might be sanctified, made holy before God because of the shedding of his blood…

Hebrews 13:11–13 — 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

Why were the animals burned outside the city? That’s because that is where the Sin offerings happened…that is where atonement took place.

We also see that…

He was numbered with the transgressors

This was no accident….no small detail…Isaiah prophesied it 700 years before…

Isaiah 53:12 — 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

To the Romans…the Jews…to the World…he was a rebel who needed to be put down…he needed to be killed so that he could be silenced…because they wanted their own kingdoms to continue…

But why did Christ go out to the place of the Skull?

Why was he cast out? So we could be brought in…brought into the family of God.

Of course the great irony of the entire situation here is….

Christ endured being mocked even though He is the king, so we would be accepted.

One of Satan’s favorite job is to get in people’s heads…have you ever noticed that…

He will get you to try to doubt God’s promises…Doubt God’s Goodness…

In fact, Revelation 12 says this about Satan

Revelation 12:10 (NASB95)

10 … the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

So you want to know what Satan is up to…he is doing that…he is hoping to destroy with his words…this is no surprise that we see his fingerprints all over the crucifixion…

But in that, we need to see that while Christ was mocked…he did this so that we would be accepted by the father…he was torn down, so we would have the precious words from our father…

We see this happening in…

The mockery of Pilate’s Inscription

John 19:19–22 — 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 20 Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

Can we first just notice the effort that Pilate went though to ensure that everyone knew what was being written…he wrote it in Hebrew, Latin (the language of the Romans) and Greek…the language that most folks spoke around the Mediterranean world for commerce…a bit like English of today.

Of course, Pilates actions displeases the Jews…Herod’s sign makes it look to others…This is the King…and by the subtle shift the Jews are hoping to display the lunacy and the weakness of Christ by shifting it to “I am”…

Ironically, either would have done…but why did he do it?

It was normal for criminals to have their charges nailed above the cross so that everyone could see what it was that they had done…you murdered someone…we need to let everyone know that this is how we deal with a murder.

Pilates’ mocking of Jesus is as much an insult at Christ as it is as the Jews…and yet, it is completely true.

If you have ever been around a child (or an immature adult) usually the mocking of the problem is either untrue or a great exaggeration of the facts…the irony here is they are mocking Jesus as the King…when in fact…he is the only real king involved.

The goal of mockery is always the same for anyone doing…you hope to elevate yourself and put down others…why are they doing this to Jesus…it’s one last blow…

And yet…

Jesus’s glory as King is will be displayed to many

The whole book of John is laying out Who Jesus is, what He did, so that people will believe in Him…put their faith in what He did on the cross as their only hope of salvation.

Revelation 19:16 — 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Pilate was mocking, but God was proclaiming His glory….

Philippians 2:8–11 — 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

But here is the point…Christ bore the insults of those on the Cross trying to discredit him as a king…he boar those insults…so that we would be welcomed in and accepted…

But also…

Christ was shamed stripped so that we can be clothed.

You see …

The soldiers took his clothes and exposed his nakedness

John 19:23 — 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. 24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

This was a pretty normal process for the soldiers to do…clothing was a bit more expensive back then than it was today, but it was also a direct fulfillment of scripture…

Psalm 22:18 — 18 They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

And while there is an aspect to this that is just about fulfilled prophecy or the greed of soldiers, there is also an aspect about this that was meant to utterly humiliate Jesus.

It was bad enough that he was scourged, it was bad enough that he was crucified, but not he would be subjected to the humiliation of being nailed to that tree completely naked.

It doesn’t take me conducting a poll to the folks in this room to know that everyone here would hate being made a public display in front of people naked.

If the cross was all about Christ being glorified…the world is trying to shame him.

If the cross is going to demonstrate Christ’s rule as the rightful king over the world…the world is trying to show who is in charge…and part of that is by stripping him completely naked.

But why did God allow it? God allowed it because…

Christ took the nakedness and shame of mankind that started in the garden

Do you remember the first clothing…the first coverings….and why they were needed because of Adam and Eve’s sin and rebellion…

Genesis 3:7–11 — 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

Clothing has always been a tool for hiding, for concealing….and while in our day and age the game is played with little clothing can I get away with…that has not been true for the majority of history.

Mankind needed to be clothed because of our sinfulness…and so Christ becomes that substitution for us that we need.

He is laid bare, nothing standing between him and the Father…so that we might be saved.

And the truth is, then…

We can be clothed with salvation made available at the cross

We are to proclaim God’s glory as it says in….

Isaiah 61:10 — 10 I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

We are to put on Christ through Faith…through believing in Him…

Romans 6:11 — 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

We are made alive, in Christ Jesus…we must be clothed with His perfect obedience, His perfect righteousness….we are clothed by believing Jesus is the Christ, and His work on the cross is what we trust in to be reconciled to our God.

[Share Gospel} – If you know that you do not have a saving relationship with Christ…I want to encourage you to admit the shame of your sin, how it is an offense against your creator, that He had to suffer in your place to make a way for you to be saved…and then take the clothing of Christ he offers you, and trust in Him for your salvation.

Believing friend…if you have trust in Christ…if you have put Him on by faith and you are now alive to God in Christ…you must keep trusting, keep viewing yourself through your relationship with Jesus so that it changes how you live, and it changes what you desire….His glory and no tour own as Romans says….

Romans 13:14 — 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

That my friends is worshiping God above worshipping our desires….not only do we seek to do this because He is our rightful king willing to take our shame, but also we see in this text…

Christ willingness to be was alone so that we can be a part of His forever family. adopted

Notice….

Jesus’ provision for His mother while suffering

In contrast to the 4 soldiers stripping Jesus …John highlights four women there at the cross…There are differing views if there are 3 or 4 women John is referencing…it is difficult as we know from other gospels there were many women there, but John highlights Jesus’ mother Mary, her sister we infer from other gospel to be Salome the mother of James and John (sons of Zebedee)…That would make John the apostle, one of the sons of Zebedee who wrote this gospel Jesus’ Cousin.

So the point is these are Jesus close’ friends and family, those who have been with him for a long time…

However, Jesus hangs on the cross alone…He is as Psalm 22 states going to be forsaken of the Father….He is going to be alone, and isolated in a way like no other as he bears the wrath of God that mankind deserves….

And even as he must drink this cup of God’s wrath alone, he makes provision for His mother to be taken care of by the apostle John….we read…

John 19:26–27 — 26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

It is amazing as he suffers, after being scourged, too weak to carry his cross all the way to Calvary, and now fighting for each breath as people who are crucified are basically asphyxiated…He makes sure his mother is taken care of….that shows the glory of our compassionate God….but I believe His glory is displayed even greater.

You see Jesus didn’t just provide protection for his family, he provided a way for His enemies to be protected…

God’s glory is displayed though….

Jesus provision for His enemies through suffering and death

Scripture calls you and me, God’s enemies. Christ did not just provide for his friends and family…no, he did something ever far greater on the cross…he was willing to be separated so we, his enemies…could be adopted.

Romans 5:8–10 — 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

This is some of the most surprising and vexing news that anyone could understand…

Imagine if you were able to travel back to 1776 and talk with the folks drafting the Declaration of Independence…and you told them that in 200 years…the United States and England would enjoy the closest of all alliances…known as the “Special Relationship”…I’m pretty sure our founding father’s would laugh….or if you hoped in a boat and talked to King Charles…and said, one day, you will become not only allies with that nation, but dependent…

Or if you talked with Winston Churchill at the height of the Blitz and aid the one day Germany and the UK will live in friendship and peace and be close allies…

None of those historical characters would be able to fathom the peace that your are talking about…and yet that peace is trite when compared to the relationship that you had with God before the Son saved you.

You were enemies of the King of Kings…and yet, he loved you so much that not only was he willing to save you…that is some pretty amazing news…he was willing to make you part of his family.

Imagine Churchill adopting Hitler’s family….in our humanity we can’t even fathom it. Yet God adopted you into his family…

If that does not leave you in awe when you take time to ponder it…that the God of Heaven, whom you were His enemy, not only saved you by sending his Son to die on the cross…but went another step and actually adopted you into his Family!!!

If that doesn’t leave you in amazement…then there is nothing in this world that can move you.

To put it in Paul’s language…

Romans 8:15 — … you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

Let that sink in…Christ was alone…so you could be brought in to God’s family…to be able to Cry out…Abba…Father.

But more

Christ was willing to thirst so that we would never thirst again.

We first recognize that this was real physical suffering in our place…there was …

The physical thirst

John 19:28 — 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”

Jesus knew exactly what He was saying…He knew that this is the plan of the Father being worked out to perfection for His glory and for our salvation….

Jesus says, “I thirst” and it once again shows the glory of God where God’s word is fulfilled perfectly as we see Psalm 69 says…

Psalm 69:21 — 21 They also gave me gall for my food And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

This sour wine, was a wine that slaves and soldiers drank…it was cheap…it was different than the Myrrh or Gall that was offered him earlier…he refused to drink that as it would have numbed his pain…and he was taking the full wrath of God in our place….however there was more than just physical suffering, more than just physical thirst…the Love of the Father and Son, the perfect relationship was going to be dry….so that we would be satisfied and never thirst again…

We must focus also on…

The spiritual thirst

This is the longing in the heart of man that no water can quench…and yet, we have tried to quench it…

Jeremiah 2:11–13 11 “Has a nation changed gods When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory For that which does not profit. 12 “Be appalled, O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord. 13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.

But Christ had promised a solution…

John 7:37–39 — 37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Friend, if you are thirsty…if you are parched…come to Jesus.

He has the only solution that can quench for you…You can be satisfied in him

Lastly, we see that…

Christ obediently accomplished the work of the Father so that we can turn from our dead works and believe in Him.

We believe in Him….

By trusting in His finished work

John 19:29–30 — 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

It is finished…He did everything He was supposed to do….He did it willingly…He went to the cross willingly…

In fact he even willingly laid down his life…

John 10:18 — 18 “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

The cross brings God glory because Jesus accomplished all that God planned….

John 17:4 — 4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.

We also continue to believe in Him, and we continue to bring him glory….

By living out our faith based on what He has accomplished

Ephesians 2:8–10 — 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

  • He finished a work, that we being sinners could never accomplish…and so we must humble ourselves and trust what He has done…salvation is by Faith in what Christ has done…

….therefore God gets all the glory and no one can boast…

…but as a result we can by the grace of God live changed lives that God has prepared for us…believing Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and then enjoying life in His name.

Authors

Josh Greiner

Roles

Pastor of Faith West Ministries - Faith Church

Director of Faith West Community Center - Community Ministries West

Vice-Chair of the CDC Board - Northend Ministries

MABC Instructor - Faith Bible Seminary

Director of Biblical Counseling Training Conference - Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries

Bio

BA - Political Science, Purdue University
M.Div. - Faith Bible Seminary
Th.M. - Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. - Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (in progress)

Pastor Josh Greiner joined the staff at Faith Church in 2013 after being a part of the three year internship at FBS and oversees the Faith Church West Campus. He also serves as an ACBC certified counselor, grader, and fellow in training; he teaches in Faith’s Biblical Counseling Ministries and serves as an adjunct professor for Faith Bible Seminary (M.Div. and MABC); and serves his community on the Board of the Faith Community Development Corporation and as the chaplain of the West Lafayette Fired Department. Josh is married to Shana and has four children: Winston, Cecilia, Lorelai, and Edwin.

Read Josh Greiner's Journey to Faith for the full account of how the Lord led Pastor Greiner to Faith Church.