THE CROSS: A SYMBOL OF TOTAL LIBERATION FROM THE LAW II

One of the things we need to do often is to be celebrating what Jesus Christ has done for us; celebrating the victory of the cross and appropriating that victory.

One major victory of the cross of Christ, which was delivered to us by Jesus Christ, is total liberation from of the law.

Gal. 2:14-17, “But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We who were Jews by nature, and not sinner of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.” (Read Acts 13:39, Rom. 9:30).

In order to appreciate what Jesus Christ did for us, we need to understand the hopeless situation where we found ourselves as a result of the fall of man and what we acquired as a result of this. When man fell, we acquired the sin nature, a very terrible nature. Adam was a perfect man who operated in a perfect environment. A perfect God created a perfect man and placed him in a perfect environment with only one law, which he failed to keep. When Adam failed, he acquired the sin nature, it became part and parcel of his gene and transmitted it to every man that is born. If a perfect man could not keep one law in a perfect environment, how can an imperfect man in an imperfect environment keep other numerous laws and ordinances? It was a very difficult situation and that was always the argument in the letters of Paul. The apostles were custodians of the law before they became followers of Jesus and entered into a new covenant. In this scripture, Peter was still sticking to a little of the law because he and the others were yet to fully grasp what was contained in the new covenant. 

Apostle Paul who had more revelation concerning this was always trying to straighten things out with them. The law was a hard way to go and that was why God had to send his Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish. ‘Believeth’ implies that whosoever makes the habit of looking up to Jesus will not perish just as Moses lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness and the people who looked up were healed. The cross is the anti-snake and the vaccination you need in the world today. 

ACTION POINT

  • Give your life to Jesus. Say the simple prayer below:
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I worship you. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. Please have mercy on me and forgive all my sins. Jesus Christ son of the Living God, I unreservedly surrender my life to you. I confess that you died and rose from the dead for me. Please be my Lord and personal saviour, and grant me grace to live for you all the days of my life. Thank you so much, Lord Jesus. I proclaim I am born again. Amen.

PRAYER

  • Heavenly Father I thank you for the miracle of salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of you son Jesus Christ. I ask you to reveal to me who I am in Christ and the fullness of what Christ has done for me, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

TO BE CONTINUED……..