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The Cross & Resurrection of Christ Jesus

Through the redemptive work of Christ Jesus, He bore our sin and death, and all of their components. (Matthew 8:17)

He carried them away from us, as is foreshadowed by the scapegoat in the Old Testament scheme (Leviticus 16:21).  This is one way that Jesus “sets us free”; He has relieved us from the burdens of our sins! (Galatians 5:1)

What happened next was quite remarkable in the plan of God (Acts 2:23). Jesus bore our sin, “old man”, guilt, shame, condemnation, griefs, sorrows, sickness, disease, and the curse in His own body (see Redemption) and then was nailed to the cross for destruction, of not only His body, but also everything that had been attached to His body! (Colossians 2:14, Ephesians 2:16)

The Cross was a mechanism of complete shame, exhaustion, torture and destruction used by the Romans.  God used it as a tool to openly and completely destroy and annihilate our sin and its curse (i.e. sin’s effects Galatians 3:13-14)!

The Bible says that the Cross of Jesus is the power of God in affect! (1 Corinthians 1:18)  As we exercise our faith in the work of Christ on the cross, not only reconciling us to God, but also in destroying the power of sin and death out of our lives – we are set free from sin’s grasp – once and for all! (Romans 6:1-9)

After the work of the Cross comes the power of Christ’s Resurrection!  As we embrace Christ Jesus we are partakers of His Resurrection Power.  This is the subject and substance of Romans chapters 8 and 9.

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Romans 6:4-5 (KJV)

Because of His Resurrection power in our lives, we become new creations of God - new beings with God’s desires, God’s power, and God’s ways of living. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

We are not simply redeemed. Our sins have not simply been removed.  We are changed into children of God. We are raised from the dead.  We are born anew with a new Spirit within.  We no longer have a tendency to go back to sin or to entertain it in our lives. (Romans 6:6-14)

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13 (KJV)

We have been crucified with Christ and raised up from the dead, together with Him! (Ephesians 2:6)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (KJV)