The Power of the Cross
Nothing will prove so helpful to a Christian in overcoming the acts of the Sin nature in his flesh as an appreciation of Christ’s death for ‘Sin’ and our acts of sinning… at Calvary’s Cross. The Bible teaches us that:
1. The cross stands between the believer and his SINS: the wrong things he does, or is prone to do, in thought, word and deed.
“And you, that Were sometime [at one time] alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, Yet Now hath he [Christ] reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death [our death with Him, cf. Rom. 6:3], to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: Colossians 1:21-22 (KJV)
2. The cross stands between the believer and his SIN. But it is not only men’s sins [acts of sinning] that would keep them out of heaven, but their “Sin [nature] in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3); not merely what they have done, but what they are and what they will do; not merely “the deeds of the flesh” (Rom. 8:13), but their Sinful nature as the offspring of Adam, by whom the ‘Sin nature’ entered the human race. Christ’s death took care of this too.
“Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men [As The Sin Virus In The Flesh], for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12 (KJV)
“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto any.” (Romans 5:15 (KJV)
“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21 (KJV)
“For he [THE FATHER] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; [so] that we might be made the righteousness of God in [union with] him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
3. Thus, the Cross of Christ stands between the believer and his SIN problem.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2 (KJV)
“Knowing this, that our [sin-laden] old man is crucified with him [Jesus], [so] that the body of sin might be
destroyed [Gk. kartargeo, rendered powerless], [so] that henceforth we should not serve [the] sin [nature in the flesh].” (Romans 6:6 (KJV)
“Let not sin [the sin-nature] therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts [desires] thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your [body] members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:12-13 (KJV)