• Devotional,  Doctrine & Theology

    Consequences of the Cross: Glorification

    When Christ said upon the cross, “It is finished,” He declared His redemptive work to be complete. His perfect sacrifice had pleased and appeased the Father and ransomed His people. All those who would ever be in Christ now stand legally justified before the Father, cloaked in the righteousness of the Son. Christ’s sheep now not only follow Him, they are sanctified and set apart, growing to look more like their Shepherd each day, even in the midst of a hostile world. That would be enough undeserved blessing, but at the cross Christ accomplished even more. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on…

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    Consequences of the Cross: Sanctification

    At salvation, the person who has been granted repentance and faith in Christ finds that the desires of his mind and heart have been transformed to desire the pursuit of righteousness to which God calls us (Matthew 6:33). We will not be perfect this side of Heaven, however, and we find ourselves undergoing a constant process of sanctification. Philippians 2:12-13 presents the paradox of sanctification. While it is a work of God, sanctification is worked out by men through the means provided to them by the Father: So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,…

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    Consequences of the Cross: Reconciliation

    Many may claim indifference toward or tolerance of God, but the truth is that all men are born His enemies (Psalm 51:5; Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:3). The enmity between God and man exists because man is sinful (Romans 3:23) and God is holy and demands holiness (1 Peter 1:13-16). There must be peace between God and man in order for man to be saved. Man, separated from God by sin, must be reconciled to the sovereign Father. How can man, who has incurred an overwhelming debt of sin, be reconciled to a just and holy God? Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave…

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    Consequences of the Cross: Justification

    Christ’s work on the cross is everything for the Christian. It must be. It was essential that Jesus live in perfect obedience to the Law (Matthew 5:17). Without the resurrection, our faith would be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:13-19). Yet it is Christ’s work at Calvary that brought about justification (Romans 5:9). It was the pleasing nature of His substitutionary, atoning sacrifice before the Father that paid the ransom price for men’s sinful souls. Justification is a one-time event. Upon receiving salvation, where once a man stood guilty and condemned before the holy God, he now stands justified and is reckoned as righteous before the Father (Romans 5:1). Justification is…

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    Consequences of the Cross: Propitiation

    In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10) Sin separates us from God. Man’s disobedience toward the One who created Him and Who is sovereign over all things precludes us from being reconciled to God by any endeavor of our own. Sin is pandemic and pervasive. It affects every man (Romans 3:10-11, 23) and its wages is death (Romans 6:23). Sin incurs the wrath and judgment of a holy, righteous, perfectly just God (John 3:36; Romans 2:5-8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Revelation 20:12-15). God’s Word explicitly states that without the shedding of…

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    Consequences of the Cross: Redemption

    Most of us know what it is to pay a ransom, though few of us have actually been required to do so! A ransom may be defined as a payment made for the release of a prisoner. In Mark 10:45, Jesus declared, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” At the cross, Jesus Christ paid the ransom for those who are His. Scripture speaks of Christ paying this ransom in another term, namely, “redemption.” Colossians 1:14 says Christ rescued us “from the domain of darkness” and teaches that it is in Him that,…