The Cross Throughout the Scriptures – Part 26

 

Paul would begin his teachings on the cross by pointing to the forgiveness and grace of God.

We are not only forgiven as we embrace the Crucified-Risen Lord, but in view of the cross, eradication of sin forever, the believer is declared righteous.

He would also focus in on reconciliation.

Not only was man reconciled to God but he was also reconciled to men (Jews and Gentiles).

Paul finds in the cross of Christ freedom from the old sin nature and its inherent power to enslave and master him.

Many Christians are justified before God but in bondage to their nature; they end up either in “antinomianism” or “legalism.”

The ground of a spiritual transformation in which the believer is freed from the sin nature as a governing principle and is able to live in the very righteousness of Christ.

“Christ died for the sinner.”

“With Christ the believer died also.”

The Cross was not only to put away the sinner’s guilt and to give him a right standing before God, but to break the backbone of the O.S.N. and set man free from his dominion.

Here we can have victory over “the world, the flesh, and the devil.”

They are either living in the weakness of their flesh, sin, or the strength of their flesh, self-righteousness.

The sin nature was stripped of its governing principle over the life of the believer as it was taken down into death with Christ.

2CO 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

TLJC not only dealt with our sins on the accursed tree, but also with the sin nature that governs man’s way of life.

The cross also puts an end to legalism.

Legalism = man’s futile attempt to gain salvation or continue in God’s plan by some system of do’s and don’ts – human good to gain God’s approbation!

1. Prohibitions and taboos.

2. Personality imitation manifested by dressing a certain way, mannerisms, and even vocabulary.

3. Comparativeness, a system of relativity – “Your sins are worse than mine, so I’m more spiritual.”

4. Emotionalism, tongues, slaying in the spirit, manipulation through weeping and the fire and brimstone presentation.

5. Asceticism, a strict denial of self or self sacrifice.

6. Ritual, one is spiritual because he goes through various forms of ritual.

7. Confusing the means with the results – you are spiritual if you pray, give, witness, etc.

8. Self-crucifixion, a misunderstanding of Rom 6, being crucified with Christ.

JOH 1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

COL 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Where sin has been canceled, and the old Adamic nature crucified, TLJC taking it with Himself to the Cross, the legal system from Moses no longer applies.

GAL 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.

COL 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

COL 2:15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

1CO 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

REV 12:11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.

The believer has died to the Law, GAL 2:19.

The believer has received all the benefits of the Spirit through faith, GAL 3:1-5.

The Law brings nothing but condemnation, GAL 3:10-14.

The Law has no power to give life or to sustain life, GAL 3:21.

The Law is a bondage to the believer, GAL 4:9.

Law and grace are mutually exclusive principles – choose one or the other, GAL 4:21-31.

The believer has an abiding freedom in Christ and cannot be under the Law, GAL 5:1.

The believer must keep all the Law, if he would attempt to keep even part of it, GAL 5:2-4.

The persuasion to put the believer under the Law is not from God, GAL 5:8.

Legalism of the believer does away with the offense of the cross, GAL 5:11.

The believer’s proneness to sin calls for his dealing with grace, not dealing according to the Law, GAL 6:1-5.

All who advocate the Law for the believer cannot keep it themselves, and their intention is ultimate glory in the flesh, GAL 6:13.

Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries 2002

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