GAINS OF THE CROSS

Easter celebration may be over but its impart on our lives can remain. What has Calvary brought to humanity and how do we enjoy such gain. Find out more…

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ died vicariously for the sins of humanity. Haven suffered great agony and humiliation being crucified amidst two thieves, after He had been scourged and battered by Roman soldiers according to Matthew 27: 26-30, 35-40.
Probably the devil thought he had seen the end of Him and evil had overcome good by crucifying the blessed Lord. But alas He ressurected on the third day, and secured for humanity victory over Satan, sin and death. 1Peter 1:3 tells us his resurrection gave us a lively hope: ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his adundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.’

Here are some of the gains of the cross.
*Redemption: At the cross, we obtain pardon from God, and we were freed from the slavery of sin. Jesus’ shed blood ransomed us from the judgement to come, and redeemed us to God (Revelations 5:9)
*Deliverance: The cross delivered us from the bondage of sin and Satan. Jesus’ death and resurrection decimated Satan’s kingdom, and freed us from the power of sin and the dominion of principalities, powers and every evil work Colossians 2:14-15)
*Access to God: Through Christ death, the cross became the bridge from us to God now we have direct access to God and His grace anytime and anywhere (Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:18)
*Reconciliation: The cross reconciled us to God permanently, Hallelujah! We who were once enemies of God and alienated from His life because of our ignorance and sin have now been reconciled with Him (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 4: 18)
*Victory over death: As Christians, we are not afraid of death because the cross has given us victory over the power of death (1Thessalonians 4:13-14)
*Adoption into God’s family: Through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross, we are accepted into the heavenly family of God resulting in a cordial relationship as we’ll as fellowship with the Father and the Son, we arebheirs of God, joint heirs with Son, and we can freely cry Abba Father (Romans 8:15, 17; Galatians 4:7)
*Healing and health: Through His death, Jesus purchased for us healing and health from all kinds of sickness and infirmities (Isaiah 53:5)
*Reigning with Christ eternally: Jesus’ death on the cross gave us the benefits of reigning with Him in heaven when our work here on earth is done (Revelations 20:6)

Other gains of the cross includes sanctification, baptism in the Holy Spirit, divine protection and provision as well as answers to prayer.
Repentance from all sin and acceptance of Jesus as Saviour and Lord, marks the beginning of heaven on earth with blessings unlimited.

Source: ‘Manuals’ Christian Women Mirror’ April edition 2016.

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