The Work of the Cross
I'm sure that you have at some time or another wondered if you really understood
the meaning of the above heading phrase.
Is it that Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross for our sins?
Or is it that Jesus died to consummate (to perform or finish) the final
Covenant of blood between God and man; the ransom for sin which God demands.
This giving of Himself as a blood sacrifice unlocked the spiritual door
into the presence of God the Father, now giving all mankind the chance
of willingly yielding their puny strength to the Creator of all things?
That they can be recreated Spiritually.
Something that they never had before.
Ransom: a sum of money (a value) demanded in return for release
[Job 33:24; Psalm 49:6-7; Matthew 20:28; 1Timothy 2:5-6]
Perhaps the best description - and the more one meditates over the vital
message of spiritual life that the following words convey, the more is
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things
of others. Let this mind be
in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of
God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the
likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore
God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every
name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things
in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have
always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,
work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which
worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all
things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and
harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and
perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding
forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I
have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the
spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among
whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our
flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by
nature the children of wrath, even as others. But
God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in
his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which
God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore
remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who
are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the
flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens
from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope, and without God in the world:
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master
of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive
not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not,
how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man
hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even
the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in
the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his
Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God.
So, the work of the cross is to enable us to be saved from the wrath to
come by accepting the conditions as laid down in the blood Covenant made
between God and the Son of man with fear and trembling, on our knees submitting
our lives into His love and care on an ongoing basis.
Also, to become willing servants of the Most High, accepting the responsibilities
and worldly tribulations that accompany our Way.
We shall then receive Spiritual Power from on high becoming ambassadors
of the Kingdom of heaven while living on this present earth.
That's rather bluntly put, not so?
Nevertheless it is as is written in God's word.
We are so privileged that our Holy and Righteous God is merciful and gracious,
whose lovingkindness is there for all those whom He creates.
An esteemed disciple of Christ Jesus puts it this way "You see, in the
work of the Lord in our lives, salvation, is just the beginning; the majority
of the work remains - the work of the cross."
This entails continual loving obedience, which he calls brokenness. Not
our wills but His. Not our pride but His Power.
The question to ponder over is "how far am I prepared to go to submit the
whole me; soul and body, to God's authority and purpose? What am I prepared
to do for the man who died for me that I may live? Out of love and thanksgiving
(thanks and giving back). How far out of my selfish comfort zone am I prepared
How much do I believe?
[Isa 6:1-10; Isa 57:15; Isa 66:2; Ro 6:16-18]
Yes, it's easy to talk about it, and resolve to do it, but when it comes
to our daily struggle to exist in this busy world of Satan, how far are
we prepared to trust in the Son of man's Covenant of blood?
This isn't fantasy, it's reality; a spiritual reality that can only be
grasped if we search for it with humility, determination and perseverance,
asking, pleading for Spiritual help from God.
He will answer when He sees your heart.
Humility: The state or quality of being humble; lowliness of mind.
Determination: Fixedness of purpose.
Perseverance: Continued application to anything which one has begun.
How much are we prepared to Trust God?1
How much do we believe?
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not
highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth
us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in
good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store
for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may
lay hold on eternal life.
(1 Timothy 6:17-19)