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Casting Ourselves Fully Upon the Cross of Christ

I believe one of the greatest hinderances to the growth of the gospel is when Satan convinces people that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus but then we must do something to keep ourselves saved.  This thinking doesn’t just happen among Arminians but also among Calvinists.  I know of some Calvinists who believe in justification by faith but then they seem to embrace the idea that church attendance or Bible reading or even evangelism keeps us saved.  I would not deny that works do flow from a regenerated heart (James 2:14-26) but they are not the means to salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9) nor are they the means to keep us saved.  Good works are the overflow of our salvation (Ephesians 2:10).

How we need to have a heart that looks to Jesus alone for our salvation!  The cross of Christ is our hope.  The cross of Christ is where are sins were forgiven (Colossians 2:13-14).  The cross of Christ is the source of our righteousness (Romans 10:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-9).  The cross of Christ is where we hide ourselves in Jesus and God sees us in His Son (Colossians 3:1-3).  The cross of Christ is where the world has been crucified unto us and us unto the world (Galatians 6:14).  The cross alone secures our salvation (Galatians 3:1-5).  The cross alone is where we find victory over the flesh (Galatians 2:20) and over the enemy (Colossians 2:15).

Let us then not cast ourselves on trying to please God through our flesh by our own good works.  Rather let us cast ourselves fully upon trusting in the cross of Christ as our righteous standing before God.  We can never earn our salvation or secure our peace with God through our flesh.  It is only through the cross of Christ that we are saved, sanctified, secure, and it is our path into the presence of God (Hebrews 9:11-14).  We don’t need to enter God’s presence through praying special words or entering through the intercessions of saints or priests.  Because of Jesus and His cross, we can now boldly come into the presence of God in prayer (Hebrews 4:14-16).  The cross has opened the heavens for the children of God to now enter directly in the presence of God apart from a ritual or a priest or any sacrifice other than the precious blood of Jesus.

Let us not begin to believe the lie of Satan that we are saved by faith in Jesus but we only remain in Christ through our own striving.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  My salvation is based completely on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (John 19:30).  The work of Christ is once and for all (Hebrews 10:10).  We have no need of any other Savior or work other than Jesus’ cross and His blood that He shed so that I can be saved (John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:18-21).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/15/2010 at 9:30 AM

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  1. Good morning! While I totally agree with your article, I have a question: Isn't it the same in practice whether you believe (faith + works = salvation) or whether you believe (faith = salvation + works)?Whether works comes before or after Salvation, works is essential. So if you are a believer, how much works proves your saved? How can any average believer in Christ know for sure they REALLY believe and our saved if works necessarily follow? You'll always find someone doing more or less than you in the kingdom…so how can a person ever be assured? Especially one who feels they aren't "working" enough?

    info

    11/15/2010 at 2:35 PM

  2. For it is the Power of God unto Salvation for everyone who believes. There is room at the Cross for all whom the Spirit will call while Jesus is being lifted up. I am so thankful that we can look to Jesus high and lifted up for us and be saved. Thank You for sharing, Roy.

    Chill

    11/15/2010 at 4:16 PM

  3. Info, there are several ways to know if we are a disciple of Jesus. I will offer just a few:1) Do you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, that He died for our sins, and that He was raised from the dead (John 20:29, 31; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3; 1 John 4:2)? 2) Do you have a hatred for sin that flows from loving Jesus and knowing that He died for our sins (2 Timothy 2:19; Titus 2:11-12; 1 John 3:6-9)?3) Do you seek God in prayer through His Spirit that enables us to call upon Him in truth (Matthew 7:7-11; John 14:12-14; Romans 12:12; 1 Thess. 5:17)?4) Do you see evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in your life (Galatians 5:22-23)?5) Do you love other disciples (John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:19-21)?6) Do you seek to trust in Jesus by faith each day for your salvation and not yourself or your works (2 Corinthians 1:24; Galatians 3:1-5; 1 Peter 1:5; 2 Peter 1:10-11; 3:17-18)?7) Do you value the Word of God as your treasure and that which feeds your soul (Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:1-3; James 1:21)? These are but a few ways that we can know we are Jesus' disciples by grace through faith. I don't think we need to downplay works as flowing from a transformed heart but we must never make our good works the basis for our salvation (Ephesians 2:10). Works flow from a saved heart (James 2:14-26) but they are not the basis for our righteousness before God. Only Jesus saves and only Jesus will forever be our salvation (Romans 6:23).

  4. This is a wonderful contribution you have made today. For several years now I have felt pressed to keep my faith well grounded in Calvary knowing the very same faith that saves, justifies me, is also the same faith that sanctifies, consecrates, and provides for victory over all manner of sin. Our LORD rose from the grave victorious in all things having attained that victory openly at Calvary. I blogged on this some time ago and it continues to be a central focus of my Christian doctrine.http://travelah.blogspot.com/2009/04/calvary-focused-faith.htmlBlessings in Christ

    A.M. Mallett

    11/15/2010 at 5:25 PM


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