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The Cross: Where Liberty Begins, Part 2

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June 28, 2022 12:00 am

The Cross: Where Liberty Begins, Part 2

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June 28, 2022 12:00 am

Our strength is found in the hope of the cross—not in our righteousness or achievements.


Welcome to the podcast with trial for Tuesday, June 28 mean to be truly free. Let's return to the study of Galatians to discover the source of real liberty found in the cross of Christ. You will turn the relationship. The six verse four to wadded Paul's way, God forbid that I should glory saving the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. What I like to give you seven reasons you said that because all these that related to Paul also relates to us in the first was this Paul realized that it was at the cross that he had been acquitted of all of his sins. And you recall that he had been one who had imprisoned Christians. He'd been one who had been willing to kill them to do anything necessary in order to protect the law of Moses with which he had drawn up which he had been educated, having grown up on the law and attempting to keep it all the days of his life. He said in this book, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law.

The word here justified means to be acquitted is not acquitted of his sins by keeping the law, but by his faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in him we might be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law for bundle works.

The law shall, in the flesh be justified. So when Paul looked at the cross, he realized that it was only in the death of Jesus Christ that his sins were acquitted, but is he will no longer have to stand before Almighty God and give an account for his sin because of the cross.

Jesus Christ took care of all of your only hope of standing before Almighty God, and God the father say not guilty and therein is wrapped up in the cross and nothing else.

The second reason that he said that was because he knew that it was in the cross that God the father had accepted him into the family of God.

If you notice, for example, the slip over to Colossians for just a moment and if you notice in chapter 1 verse 20 I'm going to these other epistles that he wrote here he says and having made peace through the blood of his cross brought him to reconcile.

Bring back into oneness with him all things under himself by him, I say, whether they be things in earth are things in heaven that is by the blood of his cross that is how is it that you not have been made acceptable and as a God, his blood was shed that made it possible for God to reach out to sinful people like you and me and to bring us back according as of our sins and watching us and making us is what is known when Pollock at the cross.

He knew that his justification before God rested in the cross that is acceptance by God as a sinful man trying to live by his own self-righteous work in adequate as they were. He knew that on the cross of Jesus Christ was the accepted. Thirdly, it was in the cross of Jesus Christ. He found his assurance of eternal redemption look, if you will back over in Romans chapter 8 for just a moment and all the verses that Paul gave here the ones that best describe that he says in verse 35 who shall separate us from the love of Christ shall tribulation, or distress, persecution, famine, neck in this perilous Lord as it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long we are accounted as sheep for the slow no, in all these things will more than conquerors through him that loved us. Brian persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers of things present, nor things to come, the height or depth or any other creature, shall be able to separate from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord and how was that provided through the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. He says nothing shall be able to separate his wife because it is God who reached down into your sinful life and for gave you of your sin. It is by his blood that you say by his brother to praise by his blood, that your What does that do when I survey the wondrous Cross and understand its true powerful meaning in my life then truly pour contempt on all of my pride.

All of my works, all amounts of righteousness and know that not only hope of eternal redemption is found in the cross. The next reason is this Paul so that in the cross that was his access listen. He says in Romans chapter 5 look there for just a moment, one of the verse of Scripture, beginning in verse one pieces therefore being justified acquitted of all of my sin. By faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom you see it is the justification and acquittal of the cross that makes this possible. By whom also we have access. That means the gates have been open the doors have been open the channels of an open we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. We live in all that we do is under the canopy upon the foundation of God's unmerited favor undeserved love toward you and me when we get all of that we got at the cross. Apart from the shedding of his blood cleansing our life we have no access in the presence of holiness and righteousness, holiness and righteousness and sin are not compatible concepts. Something had to happen to sinful me in order to make it possible for me to stand in the presence of God and have access to him and our access. He says that he is through his studies as we have one mediator between God and man. And that is the person of Jesus Christ and when he went to the cross. The cross open the door access to the whole the whole eternity of the grace of God supposes the reason I boast only in the cross is that that cross it opens the door to every single thing Almighty God owns and he says by Jesus Christ became a joint heir with him in a joint heir with him makes me one who has his name on the title deed of everything Jesus Christ owned one parcel because that's what he could say I look at my past and I count everything but lost support for what further knowledge of Jesus Christ.

He knew that his access was made possible through the cross of Jesus Christ. All right number the fifth thing is this that is when Paul looked at the cross.

He knew there he had victory over his adversary. Look, if you are in Colossians chapter 1, would you notice this verse and a rather chapter 2 in Colossians and if you look in beginning in verse 14.

You recall the first part of this chapter.

He's talking about that all the fullness dwells in the Lord Jesus Christ and buried with him in baptism and so forth. Then he says concerning him blotting out the handwriting of ordinances of the law that was against us.

That is all of us were condemn the law but when Jesus Christ came, something happened across blotting out the handwriting of ordinances against us, which was contrary to ours and took it out of the way, nailing it to what his cross and having spoiled principalities and powers.

He made a show of them openly triumphing over them in and that is what is he saying at the cross of Jesus Christ. He nailed all the law on the cross that is when he died he took with him all the penalty of therefore you and I do not have to live up to the law. Not only that he start all that but at the same time he rinsed from Satan. All of his power to destroy the children of God. Satan may damage or doesn't damage your witness, but he cannot he cannot destroy the children of God. Listen. He says he spoiled principalities and powers and made a show of them openly triumphing over them. That is at the cross.

He took upon himself the penalty of all man, which made it possible for all men to be saved that defeated Satan and then across out of the grave he came and that was the final blow to Satan. Someone told her the cross he saw that his whole overcoming Satan was at the cross. Now the six reason visit Paul abandon all hope he abandon all of his hope in the world when he saw the true meaning of the cross. He said I glory in nothing.

I could not stop and nothing I boast in nothing, my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions my desires. They're all wrapped up in the supernatural everlasting power of the cross of Jesus Christ, which he said by the cross.

I have nailed every an alluring temptation of the world nailed and what Paul was saying is is is my hope is in the cross because I evaluated the whole system and friend there is anything in this world worth putting your hope in, tell you something that hasn't changed.

Damien, what can you put your hope in the data can live beyond this line. Not one thing, and if you living by the world standards in one critic you going to be disappointed.

They go to this point you you going to support their if you according the world's favorite and you living right to the edge of commitment you not quite willing to get there because you not want to stop this or stop there. The other phenomenal what that is in your life. Whatever God made signal for you. I want to do something that is a foolish way to live your life because you see you live on the edge of content majorities that Ms. but you won't stumble their way. Because you see you caught the world's fair in Alaska something so what if you have the world's favor.

What do you have is like having status status is a big bag of wind. It means nothing in this God visible is acting foolish, but neither does he want us living our lives always looking back to see what someone else thinks.

What difference does it make what the world thinks it won't make any difference if you didn't do it all got our camper that their limitation list. Do you think God would never take anything away from you. That was good for you never.

You think he ever take anything away. He replaces something better. Always it is the devil who tells you you came there without dozens of you. So, did you preach all six of these chapters want to be legalistic right I'm not talking about legalistic on talk about when God puts his finger in your life and since you want to be committed to me you that things got to be nailed to the cross. Anything you hold onto the rug on the cross is only going to lead you overhearing the trouble somewhere.

If you see anything that is not of God is leading your rent.

You want to get in trouble. The safest thing you can do brother is putting on the cross and get it to the glory of God. The last thing he said last reason this he said the seventh reason that he boasted on the cross he glory and praise God for the cross because it is in the cross, that the abundant life that Jesus Christ provided became a living reality department. Back to Galatians chapter 2 verse 20 we should all know about heart.

He says I am crucified, that is. I have been in the past once and for all. I have been the past perfect passive indicative have been in the past crucified with Christ. With the ongoing effects of that still working in my life, yet not I but Christ lives within 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 poses him crucified hit exam going to be hitting Zach crucified myself is I gotta get up on the cross. He said when he died we done I am crucified with Christ.

What Paul was saying is this, that for all practical purposes, I have died tomorrow away. I am now living a brand-new life. I am a new created being in Christ Jesus varies within me the spirit of the living God that is given me power over sin and as long as I'm willing to remain by faith in Christ crucified sin may try, but not be victorious. Paul's daily victory was found the cross and I will tell you my friend. That's the only place on the God's heaven, you are going find you can read your Bible till you turn purple you can give. You have nothing else to give until you and I are willing to live dead by faith and what the word of God teaches not going to be victorious and that is activated. He's that I'm crucified with Christ when he was crucified with Christ that he put everyone of us. Every single person would believe in him, likewise was nailed down the mind of God is on. I want to get out the cross and have my way do my own thing, when I want to indulge in things that keep even being what God wants me to make leases the reality of it is that we been crucified.

That means that you are not from God's call if you have been dwelling within us the power of the spirit of God we have the victory but a victory is only man for all practical purposes as long as I'm willing to remain dental simple principle that is within me and am willing to live by faith in Jesus Christ poses not only is not to Jehovah wrapped up in the cross. He says not present daily, moment by moment victory is to be found in this has God been saying something to you and you been running from it.

Has he been trailing you and you feel uncomfortable, but you keep running EC and tell you what God's people will do and I'm sure I'll look back in my life and I'm sure I've done this. That is what we will work 10 times harder laboring for God doing something for God, struggling for God in order to avoid crucifixion because you see it is easier to labor and work for God. 16 hours a day seven days a week all of your life. It's easier to do that than it is to live a crucified life simply resting by faith in Jesus Christ that I say it's easier. It appears to be that way because we don't want to.

That's the last thing on the God's heavenly multitudes is the data my ambitions down my desires.I hope that my dreams and let the crucifixion experience be a reality in my life, and the limitation when you data all God gives back so much more than you. It's the devil's lab who tells you can give that up cancer that can yield that what you know that when you got all of gotta say, just let me show. Now I don't know where the cross is in your life is nothing wrong with hanging around her neck. Nothing wrong with putting on the state of the church. Nothing wrong with putting it on the plaque.

Nothing wrong with putting one of those lacrosse your pocketbook. I'll tell you if it will bring you good luck. The cross isn't good luck it'll bring in life brother and victory and hope and peace and contentment and forgiveness and cleansing. You will bring you everything you need. It won't bring you luck at you rather have luck or divine blessing God alters the human life that balance before the cross of Jesus Christ and is willing to drop all of its pride, all of its hold all of its dreams in self and willing for Almighty God in humility and contrition before him to say Lord, not my will, but not be done. I'm willing to be crucified in all life may flow from can you say with Paul God for bid that I should put my whole of glory in anything except the work of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross when you say by whom are Christian from this world myself and now the only thing that matters is the price of his life in and through me glory of God the father, thank you for listening to part 211, the cross where liberty begins.

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