Centered on the Cross

Without the cross there is no transformation, no power to change, and no possibility of true change. I want to encourage you to read through the verses listed and to study the importance of the cross. In Christ is the wisdom and power of God (Read 1 Cor. 1:22-24). Without the cross and a knowledge of what happened there, we have no power to walk out the Gospel and be free from our fallen nature (Read Hos. 4:6 & Prov. 10:21). Only at the cross do we find that we are purchased by the blood of the lamb (Read 1 Pet. 1:18-19). Through the cross we have died in Christ, the last Adam, dying to the fallen nature of Adam (Read Rom. 6:6). When we were buried with him in his death, the rebellion/iniquity from the bloodline of Adam, which separated us from God stayed in the grave. But it didn’t end there,

In Ephesians it says that we were raised up with Christ (Read Eph. 1:20-21 & 2:5-6). Christ arose as the second man, which is a man who dwells with the Lord all his life, through the gift of Holy Spirit, who the Father gave Jesus after He rose again and was seated at His right hand, so He could pour out the Spirit on his followers (Read 1 Cor. 15:42-49).

I want us to see something very important. In the Old Testament, the Day of Atonement was the one day out of all the year that all of Israel’s sins would be covered. In the New Testament there is a complete difference in the sacrifice, and it is a wonderful truth. In the New Testament sacrifice, Jesus was the High Priest, and He gave himself as the sacrifice. His sacrifice was not merely a covering, which only made Israel remember their sinful condition, waiting until the next year for them to be covered again. Christ’s sacrifice was perfect, all righteousness was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. He offered himself on our behalf as a perfect sacrifice, a pure vessel, never defiled by the world. His sacrifice does not merely cover our sins, it takes away our sins, never to be seen again (Read Heb. 9:12-14 & Heb. 9:26 & Heb. 10:1-3 & Heb. 10:10-14)

By the blood and body of Christ, all who place their faith in his death and resurrection and what happened on the cross enter into a new bloodline. This is the bloodline of the second man, the new creation created in Christ Jesus to walk in obedience through the Spirit of God. We have been brought near, by His blood (Read Eph. 2:13). He is our peace because in his body he brought the hostility of the flesh to death, uniting us to his sinless, obedient body, so that through his death we would die to the race of Adam and be made a new creation who no longer walk by the flesh (Read 2:14-16). We have been made a new creation who lives by the Spirit of God through God raising our high priest, Jesus of Nazareth, from the dead, making his sacrifice eternal, and Him our high priest forever.

We have been made new creations by the sacrifice on the cross and the resurrection from the dead, being brought into the life of Christ. Many of us don’t realize the true depth of what happened on the cross, that if we would seek out the truth we would be set free from our worldly mindsets and enter into the rest of Christ that comes through entering into what He has already paid for through simple receiving and not through trying to obtain something that through Christ is already ours. The application of the cross in our lives is progressive, but the finished work of Christ is perfect (Read Heb. 10:14).

My prayer for all of us is that God would bring our church back to the truth of the cross, and the power and wisdom in it. That God would give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, that our hearts would be enlightened to understand the hope he has called us to, and the inheritance we have in Christ through the death and resurrection.

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