For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18 KJV)
There are numerous calls at the moment to get back to the cross. The scripture above tells us that the “preaching of the cross” or the “word of the cross” is the power of God. It is the Word that is centered on the finished work of Christ, and shows the new man in Christ. In this respect, there is a strong call for us to get back to the cross. When Christ becomes our focus, then we will experience His power.
But there is an aspect of going back to the cross that we must not take upon ourselves. The cross of Jesus for the new man is where the old man was crucified with Christ. It is the place where sin was paid. It is the place of struggle with the old life. Sadly enough, many believers, though saved, are still at the cross all their lives. They continue to struggle with the old life, though they are new. Sin continues to molest and toss them around, though they are forgiven and free. Satan still has control over their lives as though they are not saved. God wants us to move forward from the cross, living in that place of struggle as the man of Rom 7:24, to the right hand of the Father, where we live in the glory of God, in perpetual triumph. In this respect, do not get back to the cross. Rather, move forward to the right hand of the Father, where you live in the glory.
Think about the verse above in the light of today’s devotional. Look at both perspectives. How is your life with regards to the cross?
Thank the Lord for accepting to go to the cross for us. Ask Him to make the cross a reality in your life, where the fullness of His work symbolized by the cross is fulfilled in you.
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First, what is your focus in Christianity? It is so vitally important that the believer continues to see Christ constantly, because that is where the power lies. That is why the preachings and teachings you focus on should not be stories, but Christ, including you in Christ and Christ in you! Secondly, move from the cross to the throne. Do not be saved and still be at the cross 5, 10, or even 25 years later, where you are still struggling with the life of sin or Satanic oppression. The old man died at the cross, the new man is glorified at the right hand of the Father. Move from the cross to the throne room!
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