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The Power of the Cross - Where Divine EXCHANGE Took Place

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Can you list twelve things Jesus accomplished for you on the cross, the central event in history?

“For by one offering [sacrifice] He [Jesus] has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14 NKJV)

According to the above verse, the perfection is already completed in the spirit world. It endures, even while we are in the process of working out our soul’s salvation (Phil. 2:12,13). If I acknowledge these 12 things as completed and finished, and speak them forth as personal, present tense, positive reality, I write them upon my heart. This prepares me to experience these realities.

The Revelation: The Cross has made me flawless

 

Jesus took my…

…and gave me...

Scriptures showing the vast scope of
salvation (“sozo” in the Greek)

1

rebellion, independence

restored fellowship

All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Isa 53:6). They may be one, just as We are one (Jn. 17:22).

2

heart’s iniquities

a new heart and
a new spirit

He was crushed for our iniquities (Isa. 53:4); A new heart and a new spirit I give you (Ezek. 36:26).

3

sins

His
righteousness

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).

4

defeat by the power of sin

power to live righteously

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24).

5

shame

God’s glory

Endured the cross, despising the shame (Heb. 12:2). The glory which You have given Me I have given to them (Jn. 17:22).

6

curse

God’s blessing, the Holy Spirit

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law … in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so we receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Gal. 3:13-14).

7

wounds

healing

By His wounds you were healed (1 Pet. 2:24).

8

poverty

His riches

Though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9 – see vss. 1-15 for context).

9

sorrows, regrets

hope

Our sorrows He carried (Isa. 53:4); Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). 

10 anxiety joy, peace Rejoice in the Lord… Be anxious for nothing… and the peace of God will guard your heart… (Phil. 4:4-7).

11

rejection, fear

adoption as a son of God

"MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?" (Matt. 27:46). He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself (Eph. 1:5)

12

death

eternal life

The wages of sin is death; the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).

My Confession Concerning the Power of the Cross – I am complete in Christ!

  1. Jesus has taken my rebellion and independence and I have restored daily fellowship with God.
  2. Jesus removed my darkened heart and I have received a new heart, alight with God’s desires.
  3. Jesus removed my sinfulness and now I daily put on Christ’s robe of righteousness.
  4. Jesus removed the power of sin and now I have a power and passion to live in holiness.
  5. Jesus has taken my shame and now I radiate His glory everywhere I go.
  6. Jesus removed the curse I deserved. I daily walk by the Spirit, experiencing God’s blessings.
  7. Jesus has taken my sickness and I now live in divine health.
  8. Jesus has taken my poverty and I now live in abundance.
  9. Jesus has taken my sorrow and regret of what could have been; now hope fills my heart daily.
  10. Jesus has taken my anxiety. Now joy and peace guard my heart.
  11. Jesus has removed my fear of rejection and adopted me into His family, passionately loving me.
  12. Jesus experienced my death and I now have eternal life.

Summary Confessions: Easy to memorize, ponder and speak – The Cross was enough!

  • Jesus removed my rebellion, evil heart desires, overt sins, enslavement to sin, shame, curse, sickness, poverty, sorrow, anxiety, fear of rejection, and death.
  • I am complete in Christ (Col. 1:28) – Jesus has given me restored fellowship, new heart desires, His righteousness, power over sin, His glory, the Holy Spirit, health, prosperity, hope, joy, peace, adoption into His family and eternal life.
  • Watch this music video by MercyMe as they show how the cross has made you “Flawless.” It is awesome, and already been listened to 15 million times. We have purchased their entire Album, "Welcome To The New" and listened to it at least 100 times. They have a revelation of grace based living, and hearing their songs releases tremendous life to our spirits. It captures the fact that Jesus has done it all on the cross. We can relax and go with the flow. He's got us!

The Cross was enough – I believe, speak and hold in my imagination the reality that “The Cross has made ME flawless!” I put on what Christ provided.

1.       Spiritual intimacy with God - They may be one, just as We are one (Jn. 17:22).

2.       A healed heart - A new heart and a new spirit I give you (Ezek. 36:26).

3.       Adorned with Christ’s righteousness - we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).

4.       Power over sin - He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24).

5.       Divine glory - The glory which You have given Me I have given to them (Jn. 17:22).

6.       The Holy Spirit - We receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Gal. 3:13-14).

7.       Physical healing - By His wounds you were healed (1 Pet. 2:24).

8.       Financial prosperity - You through His poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9).

9.       Hope - Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).

10.     Peace - In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6,7)

11.   A family - He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself (Eph. 1:5)

12.   Eternal life - The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).

Two-way Journaling Exercises (Two-way journaling explained here)

  • Lord, what would You speak to me concerning these incredible gifts You have showered upon me?  
  • It would be extremely life-giving to journal about each of these 12 exchanges, asking the Lord what He would like to say to you concerning each one.
  • If you coupled this with a Bible story and a personal story for each one, you would have a powerful testimony to share with your friends.

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