The crux of the cross .... the cross exes out self ... It separates self so that the Savior can have pre-eminence. Preferring Him – loving Him more than self seems to be the reason God commands us to die to self. Also, agreeing with His assessment that fallen self is depraved and must die. Christ then reigns supreme in our lives! John 3:30; 2 Corinthians 4:10-12. SAINTS, this is an invaluable resource on the cross - out of which comes resurrection life, victory, and divine power (2 Corinthians 4:10-12). The resurrection life of Christ raises us upward in HIS power to please Him in all our ways - ONLY as we are laid down - surrendered in the cross. Pouring over 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 this week will greatly aide the true following of Christ.