The Work of the Cross

I believe that the cross resulted in much more than a clean slate, a second chance for humanity. It also meant the end of sin as prophesied by Daniel [1]. However, this aspect of the cross was either intentionally or unintentionally kept from us. Without this understanding, my concept of salvation was limited to the idea of one day going to heaven but was powerless in terms of ending my relationship with sin. Although I believed I was saved from the penalty of sin, I equally was convinced that as long as I lived, I would be bound to sin. Even calling myself, at times, a born again sinner; a futile attempt to justify the contradiction staring me in the face. My pitiful state: A slave for life, sold to sin before I had a name, at the dawn of time, at the fall of mankind [2].

John 5:14
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

I’m living this freedom experience, not that I don’t slip up here or there in my speech and attitude when faced with certain circumstances, and don’t still turn to God for forgiveness in Jesus name but the sin that kept the accuser of the brethern in God’s ear day and night, is not my master anymore. Amen!

John 8:10-11
Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

I’m 34 years old, accepted Christ when I was six and thought that I would be afflicted with sin’s demands until Christ returned; and that thought scared me, since my heart’s desire is to be ready when He calls. Then after years of turning over scriptures, and seeking God for salvation from my chains, God used the concept of work in physics to reach me. Work done in physics occurs when a force changes the position of an object. One day, what Jesus taught about needing to complete the work of His Father and what I had studied in science, just collided. Then for the first time Jesus’ words “It is finished” spoken at the end of His life made perfect sense to me. The cross represents work done on my behalf -to remove the power of sin and death from my life.

Romans 6:6
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Whoever believes in Jesus is transformed internally by the Holy Spirit, the sanctifying anointing of God who teaches all truth [3]. I use to be a “God helps those who help themselves” type of person in Christ but now I’m declaring that “God helps those who ask for help”. The truth is God has done the work to free us. The payment made to redeem us was costly, so how can we act like nothing has changed. Jesus will not return to die again, everything we need for life and godliness has been supplied, all that God asks of us is faith in His promises. For example, Romans chapter 6 verse 6 tells the believer, “The old self is dead”. Now, I felt a shaking inside as I wrote those words “the old self is dead”, I hear the enemy whisper, “For how long?”

Colossians 2:12-15
having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

I know this, that if I continue to believe from moment to moment that Jesus has saved me as He declared on the cross, and God does not lie; I’ll live a redeemed life as I’ve been living it up to this point -from the time I truly began to put faith into action. I just want other Christians to know that the cross means more than a ticket to heaven; it means an opportunity to express God’s righteousness in the earth. What do I mean by righteousness? What it doesn’t mean is me acting like I got everything together and that I’m too good to be seen with certain people. Instead, righteousness is the expression of God’s good will toward a broken and lost world, His Kindness and Compassion. Now that I’m not mixed up in a perpetual cycle of sinning and repenting, I can see more clearly what God wants done in the lives of others around me.

Sounds crazy, huh?

[1] Daniel 9:24
[2] Romans 5:12; Romans 7:14
[3] 1 John 2:27

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