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Study: 5                                                

Was It Actually A Cross?


   Jesus Christ, our Lord, told unto his Apostles that the Conforter, which is the Holy Spirit, He shall teach them all things (John 14:26) ; as well as we all, which should be of Him acknowledge as Genuine Church’s members (Ephesians 2:19-22). Wherefore, if you are our Brother in Jesus Christ, because you have received to the Holy Spirit, we do suggest you search out this matter looking for the Truth itself (Romans 8:16 ; John 5:39).  


Was Christ slew on a cross or on a tree (timber) ?

   As regards his Sacrifice, in the New Testament (NT) passages with the word “cross” are predominant. In a few cases appears the word “tree”, and because such a few cases our uneasiness for searching out this matter grew up ; so being led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) we did search it based only on the Holy Scriptures. We found, as a result, some Old Testament (OT) versicles which refers to uttermost way for criminals punishment, both unto adversaries and those who being israelites did trangress against Law (Deuteronomy 21:22-23 ; Joshua 8:29; Joshua 10:26-27 ; Ezra 6:11).

   Throughout our searching it was confirmed that there is a very close relation (same meaning) between the word “tree” from OT and the same word in NT, as we thought at first. Thus we found a perfect Concordance between that which Paul the Apostle wrote in Galatians 3:13 and Deuteronomy 21:22-23. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us : for it is written, Cursed Is Every One That Hangeth On A Tree” (Galatians 3:13).

   “And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree : his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day ; for he that is hanged is accursed of God ...” (Deuteronomy 21:22-23).

When we did survey deepper the former passages, it was found as follows :

“And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death ...” (search out : John 18:38 ; John 19:6-7 ; Luke 23:4 ; Matthew 27:15-26 ; Mark 15:1-20).

*  The Lord didn’t commit a sin never, and much less a sin worthy of death (see Luke 23:13-25) ; but, any way, those who were criminals were hanged on a tree to slay them (Luke 23:39) rather than on a cross.

The dead body didn’t remain all night upon the tree, but it was buried that day (Luke 23 :50-54 ; Matthew 27:57-61 ; Mark 15:42-47).

*  For cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (Galatians 3:13).

   In addition, Peter the Apostle does affirm : “Who his own self bare our sins on his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto Rightheousness ...” (1 Peter 2:24).

   In Acts of the Apostles (5:29-30) it is written that all the Apostles said : “We ought to Obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, Whom ye slew and hanged on a tree”. Moreover, the Apostles said too : “And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, whom they slew and hanged on a tree” (Acts 10:39). “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulchre” (Acts 13:29).


*  It was written about Him that He should be hanged on a tree ; and the Scripture cannot be broken (see John 10:34-35 ; Psalms 119:126). Therefore, it is not samething to use the word “cross” instead “tree”, for the ordinary use of the word “cross” is a misrepresentation of the Truth (2 Peter 3:16) A- men.


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