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August 2, 2016

THE POWER OF THE CROSS

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

Sanctification is setting apart, man or animal or a thing, for God.  It is entering into relationship with Christ by faith.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

For New Testament believers, it is separation from evil ways and evil things. It is the will of God that in sanctification, believers should abstain from fornication.  Believer’s body is the temple of God and if anyone destroys the temple of God, He will destroy the temple.  The body of believer needs to be preserved in sanctification as holy unto the Lord to His honor. The foremost requirement is abstaining from fornication, because God did not call us to become ‘unclean’ but to be ‘clean’ and ‘holy’. (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 1 Thessalonians 4:3)

Just as Jesus emptied himself to not use his divine nature and became fully human we are to empty ourselves to not depend on our of strengths but do what Jesus did.

Once Jesus emptied himself, He depended on the Holy Spirit to fill Him and to empower him. Similarly, once we empty ourselves we are to depend on God who will then fill us with Holy Spirit. Not that we didn’t have Holy Spirit but that the power of the Spirit becomes real to us.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (1 Corinthians 1:30)

The power of cross will be evident in the lives of those who seek salvation in obedience to what Lord Jesus did for them.  Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree and the curse followed.  The ground for man sake was cursed; to the woman, the LORD Said, that she will bear children in pain.  The serpent, which was subtle among all the beasts of the field, was cursed to crawl on its belly whole of its life, for deceiving the man and the woman. There is no salvation for the devil, which in the form of serpent deceived Adam and Eve.  But on man and woman the Lord had compassion and reconciled them to Himself through His Son.  Lord Jesus died on that tree of curse bearing our sins, in order that we may receive salvation.

The LORD God in His mercy sent His own Son to this world and died on the cross. He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day, and later after forty days He ascended into heaven.

Four blessings come from the power of the cross. Jesus by His birth in the form of a servant and in the likeness of man, who died on the cross is made unto us

  1. Wisdom from God
  2. Righteousness
  3. Sanctification
  4. Redemption

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