At the Cross (4)
Sunday, March 25, 2018
In this final installment under the above title, we want to first review the things previously mentioned as having occurred “At the Cross.” (1) At the cross the great love of God was manifested for us; (2) At the cross Jesus died to free us from the bondage and chains of sin; (3) At the cross the law of Moses was fulfilled, finished, and nailed to the cross; (4) At the cross the church was bought and paid for with the blood of Christ; (5) At the cross peace was made; Jew and Gentile were reconciled; and (6) At the cross, the price was paid for sin.
Since I ran out of space in the last article, I want to mention an additional point about the fact that, “At the cross, the price was paid for sin.” Therefore, let us look at the benefits of all these things we have mentioned.
The benefits of the things that occurred at the cross come to us through the preaching of the cross as Paul taught, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (I Cor. 1:18). Thus Paul’s determination was to “know nothing among you but Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (I Cor. 2:1-2). These benefits come when man hears and obeys the truth. Jesus said the one who would enter the kingdom of heaven is the one that “doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21f). Again, review very carefully the sixth chapter of the Book of Romans which shows this so clearly. Near the end of the New Testament, John writes once more of this requirement: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14).
Thus we see that Jesus died for all (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Heb. 2:9). It is His desire that “all men be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2:4). He provided Jesus as the “propitiation for our sins, but not for our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:2). He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all men should come to repentance” (II Pet. 3:9). And with all of this provided, yet the Bible teaches that “few there be that find it (Matt. 7:13-14).
Strange isn’t it? Why is this so? Simply because God has made all things available to us, including salvation and an ultimate home in heaven for eternity. But God also created man and gave us the freedom of choice. You can accept and receive the benefits of what happened at Calvary, or you can ignore and reject them. The choice is yours.
Have you benefited by what happened at the cross? If not, why not consider very earnestly and sincerely, and make preparation now while time is still yours?
Paul M. Wilmoth