“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12
God’s Mighty Offensive against sin was and is the Cross of Christ. Sin’s authority over man came with the fall of Adam. It took God becoming flesh in the man of Jesus Christ. The virgin birth of Jesus, His perfect life of obedience to the Mosaic Law and the laying down of His Life to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe was and is solely for the purpose of redeeming whosoever will believe unto God. Sin’s claim on those who were once lost is vanquished. The lies of satan are of no effect unto those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and remain consecrated to God’s Word simply because they have freely chosen to believe God. Death, hell and the grave are utterly defeated by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to overcome sin and His Work is completed. The Lord Jesus is Resurrected, Ascended unto Heaven and currently on His Throne sitting at the Right Hand of God.
THIS is God’s Offensive against sin. God’s Redemption Plan to overcome sin is the Cross of Christ. Sin is the problem in the world today because of Adam’s fall. Sickness, death, wrinkles, gray hair, etc. are all the decay of our mortal flesh. Those who believe they are sinless and perfect continue to decay; they age as we all do and aging (decay) is a result of sin. Self righteousness and pride are just as wicked as sins of the flesh but are much more deceptive. It has been said, and rightly so, that the bondage of religion, self righteousness and pride is worse than others because the one who is bound is utterly blind to their bondage.
“3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:3-6
The fight we as Believers must fight; the good fight we fight daily is the fight of faith in GOD’s Redemption Plan…the Cross of Christ. It is HIS glorious Offensive which overcame sin not vain commandments of men being declared as doctrine from behind the pulpit. If it is not the Cross of Christ being lifted up, it is man’s vain attempt to offer up a redemption plan which was not so difficult. The Simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is simple for the Believer to believe and understand if they so choose. However, for our Lord, the price paid to redeem mankind to God was with great suffering.
Man’s redemption plan makes sin less powerful; as if God did not have to send His only begotten Son to overcome it’s horrible grip on humanity and offers to counsel or talk away a bondage which only be broken by the Power of the Crucified, Risen Christ Who is now sitting at the Right Hand of God looking for those whose heart is perfect toward Him to show Himself strong on their behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:2
If it is not the Cross of Christ being lifted up as the answer to sin, it may seem right to the carnal mind but it is the way of death. Seek to understand and pray for discernment.
-Donna Clark Warren