The finished works of Christ and Him Crucified does not stop working at salvation. The Gospel of Jesus does not or has not lost Its power but perhaps we have strayed away from source. It is a snare of the devil to lead a believer down the roads of legalism or psychology for sanctification; which leads us by default away from the Cross of Jesus. The enemy knows that the only true sanctification remains with the Cross of Jesus and His finished work. Satan will not hinder one from traveling down the psychological or legalistic path of sanctification; he knows our attempt at self-preservation will only lead to us losing our purpose instead of finding our purpose.
The Cross of Jesus and Him Crucified is salvation for the lost and sanctification for the saints. “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18. It was on the Cross that Jesus was tempted and it is there we will always find the strength to overcome our sin nature. It is our faith in His finished work; it is us knowing our Jesus died for that temptation the enemy is whispering in our ear, that gives us the strength to say no. This is how our faith is built. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18….precept upon precept, a little here and a little there (Isaiah 28:13) we are being sanctified.
The Holy Spirit guides us into growing in His grace and knowledge of the finished work of Christ crucified. Any and all schemes of man, ways of man and even worship of man will only lead to what man can give. The Gospel of Jesus Christ does not need any help nor “buts”, just our faith that It worked, once and for all.
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15. Unforgiveness births death. Jesus died for our sins so we could be forgiven of our sins upon repentance. When we do not forgive ourselves for the sins in which our Lord was crucified for, we are not accepting His finished work was enough, His sacrifice is not worthy of our sins… we are refusing His grace. Understanding the humility of the Cross of Jesus comes with the revelation of the Jesus. The understanding that His work was/is enough; it IS finished. Once His forgiveness is accepted, death is no longer birthed but liberty and freedom is revealed. The Holy Spirit, who we receive at salvation, is then given liberty to guide and direct us in all things of God. Spiritual gives birth to spiritual, precept upon precept, from glory to glory, for preservation and sanctification unto final salvation. We “are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. ” 1 Peter 1:5.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not only for baby Christians but is still meat for the mature. Sometimes as I’m writing this blog I feel as though I’m preaching to the choir. As many mature Christians, as well as baby Christians, may read, I felt like maybe I wasn’t “feeding” the more mature Christians; they know the message of Christ and Him Crucified. Then I realized, I too know the message of Christ and Him Crucified. However I too, need to go back to His Cross daily to place my faith back in Jesus’ finished work and not mine; to remove any leaven the enemy may have planted as well as any condemnation from this not yet perfected person. No matter ones worldly position, as a believer in Christ, He calls us His, He call us holy and righteous.
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:1-6
– Donna Warren