The mystery of God in the seventh trumpet continued – The benefits we reap.
The benefits we reap because of the power of the Cross of Christ are more than we could imagine. Here are a few:
– God has restored His image in us. Our sin in the garden of Eden separated us from God, so we lost His image, in which He created us. God is righteous and Holy. We have become sinners by nature, and the two could not dwell together. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God: and your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59 2. Through what Jesus accomplished in his body, on the cross at Golgotha, God forever removed our sin from us, which had separated us from Him. He has forever destroyed our sinful spirit, life, and our sin. “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25. Now, by the power of the Cross of Christ, we stand in the eyes of God as if though we have not sinned. Isaiah 44:22. By the power of the Cross of Christ, we stand justified and free to approach the throne of God in prayer without fear of death. Romans 5:9; Hebrews 4:16.
– God has freed us from sin. The power of the Cross of Christ, the true mystery of God, has freed us from slavery in the kingdom of sin and darkness. God accomplished it by having us die to sin in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha. “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6. The whole of humankind has died in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. “For the love of Christ compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” 2 Corinthians 5:14. What is then the everlasting result?
– We now have a new and eternal life. God made our sinful life die in the body of Jesus Christ and, in exchange, gave us the perfect and eternal life of His Son. Therefore, here and now, we have eternal life in Jesus Christ. “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him… Likewise you also, recon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:8 – 9, 11. What God has accomplished for us, in Jesus Christ, will be an active subject for eternity to come.
The main subject of preaching and teaching in the first-century Christian Churches was what we are now in Jesus Christ. This subject should also be the central subject of preaching and teaching in Christianity today. Our transformation by the Cross of Christ’s power has infuriated Satan because he could not frustrate God’s plan for humankind. Chapters 13 through 22 of the Revelation describe Satan’s plans after the Cross of Christ and God’s response to them.
The beasts of Revelation 13 – read the next blog.