The Cross of Christ.
The Cross of Christ is what He suffered on the cross at Golgotha. He separated from his body his perfect life, spirit, which is the sacrifice for the world’s sin. God then put into the body of Jesus the sinful life of humankind. By abandoning, or forsaking, Jesus on the cross at Golgotha, God destroyed humankind’s sinful life forever. Therefore, the sinful life in the body of Jesus died the second death, with no resurrection. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. Now, we are righteous in God’s eyes. We are not righteous like Jesus; we are righteous IN Jesus, and in Him only.
The spirit, life, of humankind sinned in the garden in Eden, and it had to die forever, as the wages for sin. Such is the righteous requirement by the Moral Law, the foundation of our universe. Sinners could not be helped in becoming righteous. Sinners had to be re-created righteous. God the Creator only could accomplish such a task. Humankind became a sinner by nature, unable to do right. Jeremiah 13:23. If the sinners would speak good words and do good deeds only, their entire life, they would still be a sinner by nature. God and only He can replace the nature of humankind because He is its Creator.
Jesus lived a perfect life three- and one-half years while on earth. His perfect new human life is eternal; therefore, it could not die on the cross at Golgotha. The human life that sinned in the garden had to die the second death. A righteous person could not die for the sinners; the sinners had to die. The law does not allow a substitution. “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.” Ezekiel 18:20. Therefore, the sinful life of humanity died on the cross at Golgotha, as the Law requires. The life that died on the cross at Golgotha did not rise on Sunday morning. Jesus’ perfect new human life, that He set aside, or separated from His body, reentered the body of Jesus on Sunday morning. Now, if we accept Christ as our Savior and trust Him, we have His perfect and eternal life here and now., That is why Jesus can call us His brothers. John 20:17.
Because He so selflessly loved the world, The Creator of all willingly became sin on our behalf so He could remove our sin from us and, in exchange, give us the righteous life of Jesus Christ, the representative of new humankind. God so loved the rebellious human race that He came into the world in the likeness of sinful humanity to save it from the guilt and punishment for sin. “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His Son in the likeness of flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.” Romans 8:3. Therefore, the ‘Mystery of God’, announced by the sixth trumpet, was successfully and fully accomplished in the days of the seventh trumpet’s sounding, as depicted in the book of Revelation. The Mystery of Mysteries is now our reality. Our salvation has been accomplished; it is perfect and is forever. The death of the body still exists; however, that also will be resolved by the blessed hope, the return of Jesus Christ.
The benefit we have from the power of the Cross of Christ – read the next blog.