The cross, the tool for the capital punishment, is vital in the internal communion of Christian saints. It is essentially a part of the redemption system that must be believed or glory for.
Ga 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
It is also a medium where the Old ordinances where nailed into.
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
The cross is a symbol of redemption that against such redemption we are considered enemies of the cross.
Phl 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Through the cross Israel and Gentiles become one body in the church.
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
The cross is an effective medium of salvation.
1C 1:17 . For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
The relevance of the cross is significantly inseparable from the Christian faith but do you know that biblically, I mean in the field of Greek terminology, it is not resolved in what material form was the cross believed to be shaped with. I heard Bro Eli Soriano preached that it is a post/stake but with due respect to his intelligent theology, I cannot suffice in his exegesis. Why? My main reason is simply dependent on the Greek terminology which proves my observation as rather strong–initially, as I believed.
My observation: it is not resolved in the bible whether the crucifixion item is either a cross or a stake/post.
Here’s my reasons.
There are 28 verses in the interlinear bible which mention the term cross and all of it was translated from the Greek term “STAUROS” which mean a stake/post or a cross.
from the base of G2476;
a stake or post (as set upright), i.e. (specially), a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial; by implication, the atonement of Christ.
The supplied Greek definition was not definite of a single credible meaning for “stauros”. It is thus not certain of a cross. I heard Bro Eli said that in those ancient times even a post meant for capital punishment is called a cross, but we cannot deny that a cross with horizontal beam is a more popular connotation.
Our first evidence, showed the unstable condition of the term “stauros”. We prove that using “stauros” didn’t resolve the issue as it did not certify a definite definition. We have no capacity to grasp if it’s either a stake or cross.
Our last evidence is this, the use of “tree” to refer to the crucifixion object. Likewise it didn’t resolve the issue.
Ac 10:39 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:
Biblically, the crucifixion object was mentioned in two terminologies: cross and tree. The use of tree is likewise unstable.
tree in Greek:
from another form of the base of G3582;
timber (as fuel or material); by implication, a stick, club or tree or other wooden article or substance.
Timber may imply a stake but it was not the only definition. Wooden article may imply either a stake or a cross thus it is too not reliable. Thus it is not resolved in Greek terminologies if the tree where Christ was hanged is either a post or cross. Optionally, there is no definite choice for “tree”. The need for clarity in this instance is unsupported as no other Greek word used in the bible was stable enough to confirm if it is either a cross or a stake/post.
It is therefore imperative to accept that the preaching of the cross is lacking sensible stability in terms of definite truth.
Conclusion: the issue regarding the crucifixion cross is clearly unresolved.
1. NAILS WAS USED THUS IMPLYING EACH NAIL ON EACH HAND WIDESPREAD ON A CROSS.
Jn 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
It is not credible as TWO nails could be used on Jesus TWO hands on a post.
2. EZEKIEL 9:4 SPEAKS OF TAV. TAV IS IN THE FORM OF T, THUS IT SPEAKS OF THE MARK OF THE COVENANT.
Ezk 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark (TAV OR T) upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Job also has a tav in JOB 31:35 in Hebrew. Does it mean he has a cross, or it simply means he has a mark?
if a mark, how do you know that tav in EZEKIEL 9:4 speaks of a T and not the word “mark”?
tav if defined means mark.
H8420 tav tawv
a mark; by implication, a signature.
There seem to be no clear and certain indication for cross (with horizontal beam) or post in the bible as definite truth whereas god guaranteed a sure word of prophecy (teaching). Doesn’t it seem like an inconsistency? Nope. There is sure word of prophecy regarding the crucifixion material. It was surely a cross. It was certain on that aspect, though it was not resolved what kind of cross was it? Was it merely a post or a post with horizontal beam, bec both are crosses? But on being a cross. It was certainly a cross.
It was unresolved. Was it a post with horizontal beam or merely a post without any horizontal beam?
Conclusion: the crucifixion material was unresolved in terms of its definite nature.