A revelation of the Cross will revolutionize your relationship with God. Many Christians only understand the forgiveness of sins that we receive because of Jesus’ finished work on the Cross, but there are at least 5 truths that transformed my relationship with God when I fully understood what happened at Calvary. We can get intimidated by some of the words associated with the Cross, but when they are defined they will lead you to discovering who you are in Christ. Definitions below were a combination of abstracting phrases from the NLT translation and quotes from the Foundations of Pentecostal Theology.
1. He has made us right.
Romans 3:21 - But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight…
Righteousness: The ability to stand in the presence of God without the sense of inferiority. It’s the state of being right in His sight
At the Cross God takes us FROM insecurity TO BEING CONFIDENT in His presence. He wants us to stop thinking we are not good enough.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
God is not focused on what’s wrong with you, because everything God sees is right about you!
2. He has cleared us from any wrongdoing.
Romans 3:23-24 - For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty.
Justified: “Just-As-If-I’d” Never Sinned or deserved to die. Not only declared “not guilty”, but declared righteous
Justification is the breathtaking announcement that the sinner is not guilty. It is to declare one righteous! In God’s eyes the sins are gone, removed from us as far as the east is from the west – which is an infinite distance.
Psalm 103:12 - as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Micah 7:19 - You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
God wants to take us FROM “Guilt Driven” TO “Guilt Free Living”
3. He has purchased our freedom.
Romans 3:24b - He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. (NLT)
Redemption: signifies a releasing or liberation from captivity, slavery or death by the payment of a price, called a ransom. The word has a double significance: it means the payment of a price, as well as the deliverance of the captive.
Matthew 20:28 (Mark 10:45)- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
God takes us FROM “I’m so unworthy (lacking in excellence or value) TO “I’m valuable!”
4. He has taken the heat.
Romans 3:25 For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.
Propitiation: a sacrifice that satisfies God’s anger against us, it is defined as a sacrifice that brings peace. Signifies the turning away of God’s wrath
God takes us FROM God is mad at me TO God is mad about me (He unconditionally loves you).
5. He has given us peace.
Reconciliation: Being made right with God. To restore our original relationship, which having been broken by man’s rebellion, has been recovered by Christ.
The price Jesus paid gives you a peace that money can’t buy. God takes us FROM “Chaos” TO a Peace that Passes All Understanding!
How to I get FROM where I’m at TO where God wants me to be? Empty Yourself at the foot of the Cross. Posture yourself in humility and allow the saving work of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified position you in Christ!
Did this help you at all?