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What is the result of taking up our cross?

A glorious future in the knowledge of Christ.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16.

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.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.

Freedom from sin

This message, or gospel, is now available to all Jesus’ disciples – those who want to be freed from sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More. For “if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed,” Jesus Himself said. (John 8:36) True liberation is found on the crossWhen the cross is mentioned in the Bible, it most often does not refer to a physical wooden cross, except when specifically describing Jesus’ crucifixion on Calvary. “Taking up your cross” refers to the metaphorical cross that Jesus’ speaks about in Luke 9:23. “Taking up your cross” is the act of denying the sinful thoughts that come up in you... More. We experience freedom when we are crucified with Him, suffer with Him, and become like Him in His death. The devil can do nothing when the lustsThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More have been crucified, for this is the very source of power.

This is what is so good, that when we are tired of ourselves, we know that we are “sold under sin” – we are bankrupt – so we come to Him, allow ourselves to be crucified, and experience His death beginning to work in us over all these lusts and desiresThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More. (Matthew 11:28-30)

The power that has been given to us through the message of the cross is a power with which we can put all things in order according to God’s wisdom. Gradually, as time goes on and we are walking in the lightWalking in the light is the state of being obedient to do all that God reveals to you through the Holy Spirit. For example, when He shows you that you need to overcome laziness, or lying, or any other lust. This means both that you put to death all of the sin you are shown (get light over) and obey... More God gives us, putting to death sin in our fleshSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More as it is being revealed, we notice that the life of Jesus is coming forth in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:10-12) Where we were bitter and demanding before, we become a blessing. Where we were anxious and discouraged, we become full of faith and power for action. Where we once were judgmental and full of spite, we learn to forgive and edify. Instead of causing arguments and strife when our feelings are hurt or our opinions defied, we become examples in mildness, kindness and patience. As our own lusts are denied, we acquire the virtues of Christ.

We get more desire for what is good; we think in another way to how we did formerly. Perhaps egotism had previously kept us bound, but when we humble ourselves by denying our own will, we sense that a death over sin is happening – a liberation from sin. This is the death of ChristThis most often refers not to the physical death Christ died on the cross of Calvary, but to the death of the lust to sin in His human nature, which task He fulfilled while He lived on earth as a human being. (2 Timothy 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Philippians 3:10; Romans 8:3)... More – the “dying of the Lord JesusThis most often refers not to the physical death Christ died on the cross of Calvary, but to the death of the lust to sin in His human nature, which task He fulfilled while He lived on earth as a human being. (2 Timothy 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Philippians 3:10; Romans 8:3)... More” that Paul writes about in 2 Corinthians 4:10. Where there was previously unrest and stress, there is now rest and peace. Life becomes peaceful; we are free from “stressing” to obtain the honor and greatness of this world and from all the worldlyThe term “worldly” is used to describe anything that is purposed towards the world’s goals/ideals/pursuits as opposed to that which is of the Spirit. (1 John 2:15-17; Titus 2:11-12)... More fretting, which comes from the desires of the flesh.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushedThis refers to the process in which God breaks down a person’s own self-righteousness, strength, and pride so that they can come to a position of humility and obedience wherein He can use them to carry out His will. (Psalm 51:16-17; Isaiah 53:10)... More; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-10.

What power was manifested by the life Paul lived! Paul was gripped of the message of the cross, and the possibilities a “crucified lifeJesus was physically crucified on the cross at Calvary. Though blameless, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin, which was death, so He could pay our debts and forgive us our sin if we are willing to believe in Him and follow Him the Apostle Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20) This is a metaphorical... More” gave him, following Jesus who was perfected through sufferings. We can partake of exactly the same power and the same abundant life. The gospel places no limitations on what we can attain of the life of God. If we love the message of the cross, we will get to “know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowshipFellowship means communion with other Christians who are living the same life that you are. It includes mutual edification and a unity in purpose and spirit that goes far deeper than friendship or human relationships. (1 John 1:7) We also experience fellowship with Christ when we overcome sin in the time of temptation just as He did when He was... More of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” Philippians 3:10. “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection …” Romans 6:5.

A member of the body of Christ

On the crossJesus was physically crucified on the cross at Calvary. Though blameless, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin, which was death, so He could pay our debts and forgive us our sin if we are willing to believe in Him and follow Him the Apostle Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20) This is a metaphorical... More we can have fellowship with one another, and with all who are also on the cross. The true church is a church on the cross, where the enmity is put to deathIs to overcome the temptations to sin that arise when our lusts and desires draw us to react in ways we know to be evil (i.e. pride, hatred, evil-speaking, envy etc.) It is the act of denying those thoughts and refusing to agree with them. The lust to sin is not only suppressed, but it actually dies. (Romans 8:13; Colossians... More, and we are united in one new body, which is called the “body of ChristThe body of Christ is made up of all of those who give their lives to serve God in order to come to the fullness of Christ. They work in the ministry that He has appointed them, which differs from person to person, for the edification of themselves and others to bring all to unity. It is made up of... More.” (Ephesians 2:14-16)

It is only through the cross that the enmity can be slain, and all can be united in love and goodness. On this glorious cross, we put on something new, which is “tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians 3:12-13.

When the message of the cross is active in our personal lives, so we live a “crucified life,” we experience a blessed life in every circumstance, a glorious future awaits, and we experience fellowship with Jesus Christ and with all the other disciples who live an active, crucified life.

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The message of the cross – Introduction

The cross is one of the most well-known symbols of Christianity, but its significance lies far deeper than the cross of Calvary.

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What is “The cross?”

Scripture actually speaks about three crosses.

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The first cross: The cross of Calvary

This is the cross that leads to the forgiveness of sins.

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The second cross: Crucifying the old man and the flesh with its passions and desires

This “crucifixion” is necessary if we want to become disciples.

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The third cross: Taking up our cross daily as disciples

With the third cross our entire inner being can be transformed into the image of Christ.

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What is the result of taking up our cross?

A glorious future in the knowledge of Christ.

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