The Cross of Christ is an affront to sin. The judgment deemed and penalty paid by Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross on behalf of the spiritually awakened sinner arouses our moral consciousness and becomes precious to the convicted conscience of the repentant.
” 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:12-14
Reckoning ourselves alive unto God through the shed Blood of Jesus, we no longer have to yield unto unrighteousness because we are no longer slaves to sin. The fight of which the Believer fights is faith in the Son of God, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to overcome death, hell and the grave. Our fight is not against sin for sin has been defeated and it’s power broken. The problem is sin but our fight is the fight of faith in the Cross of Christ where sin was laid waste.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12
The unregenerate man cannot willingly yield unto righteousness. In their mind they may indeed desire to yield unto righteousness and do that which is good but the unredeemed do not have the power within themselves to overcome evil. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. Any perceived “good” by the unredeemed man, if it is indeed morally correct according to the Word of God and not political correctness, comes for the Law of God written on the heart of man whose conscience has not yet been seared.
“21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” Romans 7:21-23
The fight of faith in the Cross of Christ in which we fight gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). Religion’s attempt to seduce and incite our intellect, abilities and self efforts places the Believer back under law and we once again find ourselves warring against the law in our mind and desire to do that which is good.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of God’s Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4
Spiritually alive unto God, the Believer is no longer a slave to sin as they willingly choose to partake in God’s Divine Nature in order to escape the corruption of this world. Submitted unto God, the devil can be resisted and he will flee (James 4:7). Submitted unto religious philosophies, the devil cannot be resisted and he will not flee…no matter how hard we fight. Fighting with him is exactly what satan wants the Believer to do. This fight keeps the Believer engaged and distracted; swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine.
The Cross of Christ is the only answer to man’s problem. The Cross of Christ is the answer to man’s financial problems, health problems, family problems…any and all other problems the devil throws at us. The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy. That’s his job; that’s what satan does.
“The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I (JESUS) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
We either believe that to be true or we believe it to be a lie. Fight the good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ…be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren