Lesson 11 - THE CROSS: PROVISION FOR HOLINESS
Ben inspiringly shares that the cross of Christ has the power to restore you to worship God; to love Him and be loved by Him. This one time, selfless act of love, made away for you to walk in a lifestyle of holiness.
The CROSS: Provision for Holiness
“…For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” (Heb. 10:14)
Do you feel distant from God? The cross of Christ has the power to restore you to worship God; to love Him and be loved by Him. The cross reveals the character of God—His love and justice. He loves the lost sinner and His justice is perfect in your life. At the cross, those who turn to Him are delivered from the penalty of sin, and they are delivered from the power of sin. Likewise, the cross is the place where all the wounds of sin are healed; the cross is more powerful than your pain. If you suffer from ANY emotional problems—guilt, anxiety, depression, anger, etc.—there is healing in the cross of Christ. If you are going through tragedy or suffering, there is absolute healing peace as you meditate upon the cross—the lamb that was slain for you. You receive God’s righteousness and favor because of what Jesus did on the cross, not because of your good works (Rom. 3:21-31). It is necessary to sincerely repent to receive God’s saving grace.
WHAT HAS THE CROSS-DONE FOR YOU?
The gospel is the good news of salvation, about receiving God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS (in three tenses)
Justification: our legal position—past tense, focused on your spirit (you have been saved)
Sanctification: our living condition—present tense, focused on your soul (you are being saved)
Glorification: our eternal exaltation—future tense, focused on your body (you will be saved)
THE CROSS - PROVISION FOR HOLINESS
Jesus calls us to be HOLY like Him and provided a way for us to do this through the Cross of Christ.
THE CROSS: (ONE OFFERING) PROVIDES FOR YOUR SANCTIFICATION (Heb. 10:14) The Father has provided the bank account of “CROSS”, which is all that you need, for your day and night sanctification process. One offering – the Cross of Christ, is the perfect sacrifice, performed by the perfect Priest, with the power to: cleanse your sins, make you perfect, and sanctify you.
THE CROSS: “HAS PERFECTED FOREVER” - Has perfected – The Cross of Christ “has made us perfect”, which means that His one offering, this one time act, “has”—past tense—set you free once and for all (Heb. 10:14). God’s Love for you is everlasting. Therefore, your sanctification is—forever!
THE CROSS: HAS MADE A WAY FOR YOU TO “BE SANCTIFIED” - Being sanctified – This means you are “being made holy”, and speaks of your daily fellowship with God on earth, and your position with God in the age to come. The scripture says, “…those who are being sanctified.” Sanctification is NOT a one-time act, but a day and night choice; being made holy is a continual process; you have to appropriate, or access (you must take ownership of) step-by-step. (Heb. 10:14)
THE CROSS: MAKES YOUR CONSCIENCE HOLY – Hebrews 9:9; 10:2, 22 teaches that God wants to heal your conscience; God is a healer and a restorer. The cross has made your conscience clean; He has the desire and power to make your conscience eternally clean—has perfected your conscience, and He sanctifies your conscience daily by healing those areas the enemy tries to control.
THE CROSS REVEALED THE FATHER’S WILL FOR YOU TO BE SANCTIFIED The Cross revealed the Father’s will for you to be sanctified. Hebrews 10:5-7 declares that the cross was the will of the Father and Jesus accepted the suffering of the cross—for you; the Father’s plan is to make you holy.
THE POWER OF THE CROSS: BRINGS SANCTIFICATION AND UNITY - Eph. 2:14-18 Paul exhorts that the power of the cross will bring unity to the church, including unity between GOD fearing Jews and Gentiles.
THE CROSS: REVEALS YOUR WORTH – “...for the joy set before Him He endured the cross...” (Heb 12:1-2). You are so worth it; Jesus endured the cross because God first loved you and He enjoys you. Your relationship with God both now and in the age to come is special to God. The Father’s investment in you is costly—because you’re worth it! For God so loved you that He gave His only Son…that you might enjoy God forever (John 3:16).
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