The Cross of Christ Essay

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| | | | | | | | | | THE PURPOSE OF THE CROSS 1. The cross is a symbol of the matchless, boundless Love of God towards mankind. Deut. 7:7-8; Jer. 31:3. Rom. 5:6-8. 2. We can call the cross the testament of God's love to the world - John 15:13 3. The cross is a symbol of sacrifice; the shedding of an innocent blood for the ransom and cleansing of the guilty one. Heb 9:22, Gen 2:21,Heb. 10:4; Heb. 10:10-11. 4. The death of Christ on the cross forever settled the sin debt of man. Heb. 10:12-14; Heb. 9:24-28. Rev. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:18-19. 5. When a person comes to Christ by faith and gets saved, it is a done deal. Such will forever be kept safe and sound; rescued from all harm and danger. John 10:28 6. The cross is the symbol of satan’s defeat Eph. 2:1-3 7. When Jesus died on the cross, He did not die to stay dead, but He rose from the dead three days later 8. The victory over the devil was found in the blood of the Lamb Rev. 12:11. 9. You must know and note that Satan is defeated! He may roar like a ferocious lion and he may try to keep you from God, 1 Pet. 5:8, but he has been defeated by the power of God and you do not have to remain his prisoner again! Because there is power in the blood of Jesus to set you free!) III. THE POWER OF THE CROSS (Ill. When the power of the cross is appropriated, three great and wonderful things take place. Notice what they are:) A. Sin Dies - When a person places his/her faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, that person is forever changed! The chains of sin are broken, Rom. 6:14, and they are made into a new creature, 2 Cor. 5:17. Now, the new born believer does not have to live his life in bondage to sin, Rom. 6:6! (Ill. The blood has the power the change every life touched by it! There really is wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb!) B. Hell Is Defeated - No

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