I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Because according to Oswald Chambers:
God Forgives our sins –
Only because of the death of Jesus Christ.
We know that Jesus deals with all mankind it two ways;
First: He sees that all of us our
Second: He approaches each of us as being
Therefore, we know that every person has a sinful heart.
And in Jeremiah 19:9 the true condition of our heart is revealed,
for there it says;
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure,
who can understand it?
The answer to the question is
For He Speaks about our hearts in Matthew 15:19
Out of the heart come
Therefore, our sinful hearts must be cleansed.
Think about this!
Jesus came to earth
to do the one thing He could not do in heaven
and that was to die.
Hebrews 9:22 answers that question;
…because without the shedding of blood
there is no forgiveness.
The bible says in Ephesians 1:7
In Him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
How do we apply these truths to our lives,
so that we too can experience the forgiveness of our sins from our Father God?
One way the bible says is in: 1 John 1:7
… if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus His Son purifies us from all sin.
And in Revelation 1:5-6
we see who is the only one who is to receive all the credit for making this possible.
…and from Jesus Christ who is the Faithful Witness,
the First Born from the dead
and the Ruler of the kings of the earth.
To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.
It is important that we learn that:
Jesus is for us!
Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.
Therefore, what is one of the truths about the Cross that we must learn?
That it is at the Cross of Jesus ,
where we experience becoming clean before our God
And the Cross is our way to
Becoming pure before our Father God.
Also, the Cross is our way
The reality is the Cross is our way to an,
relationship with our Father God!
Again, we must learn that
Jesus is for us!
Does sin have power over us?
Then how is the power broken in our lives?
The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel.
Not with words of human wisdom lest the Cross of Christ
be emptied of its power.
The Cross and power?
What kind of power does the cross have?
Let’s look at just a few truths and see by way of what we are to give to our LORD at His Cross and what He gave us by His dying on the Cross for us.
WE GAVE TO HIM = HE GIVES TO US
Our Sin – His Righteousness Sickness – Health Condemnation – Acceptance Poverty – Wealth Fear – Faith Captivity – Freedom Shame – Identity Guilt – Forgiveness
Let’s look at each of these scriptures.
Our Sin – His Righteousness
God made Him who had no sin to be our sin for us,
so that in Him we might become
the righteousness of God.
Our Sickness – Health
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree
so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness
by His wounds you have been healed.
Condemnation – Acceptance
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
because through Christ Jesus
the law of the Spirit of life
set me free from
the law of sin and death.
Poverty – Wealth
For you know the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ,
that though He was rich,
yet for your sakes He became poor,
so that you through His poverty
might become rich.
Fear – Faith
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Captivity – Freedom
The Spirit of the LORD is on me,
because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
Shame – Identity
I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.
Guilt – Forgiveness
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.
In these scriptures that you just read, that in part is the reason that 1 Corinthians 1:18 says:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
It is Henry Blackaby who says;
The Cross is the most profound event in History.
And finally as we study scripture we must agree with Bill Johnson when he said:
Jesus Pursued the Cross – it didn’t pursue Him.
and He did it to show us the love He has in His heart for each of us!
It was C. S. Lewis who said; “…Most men view the cross of Jesus with dread. They don’t want anything to do with it. But we, as His sons and brothers, daughter and sisters must learn to view the cross of Jesus with Awe And Wonder….”
For this is how it is viewed in heaven.
Now, we are to always approach the cross with reverence and respect, but also as the place that our Heavenly Father has provided for us to become clean and pure before Him.
For, as your Father God wants you to have good physical hygiene, He also wants your spirit and soul always to be clean and pure.
Therefore, we need to always stay close to the cross of Jesus, to marvel at what our Brother, our Lord and Savior did for each of us there.
And there, we need to humble ourselves and at least one time a day take a spiritual shower at the cross of Jesus.