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By Andrew Murray

In the Epistle of the Galatians there are several passages referring to the Cross of Christ.  Only one of them speaks definitely of the Atonement, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3 v13).  The others all think about the fellowship of the Cross, and its relation to our inner life.  When Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2 v20), “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh” (Galatians 5 v24) and “the world has been crucified to me” (Galatians 6 v14), he spoke of a life, a heart and a spiritual experience.  This was by the same Holy Spirit and power that moved Christ when He endured the Cross, and is still maintained today.  

There are some people who say that they have faith in the righteousness of Christ as their justification before God, and that this is proof of faithfulness to Scripture.  However, they enjoy, tolerate and participate in the world, and so prove that really a Cross which crucifies the world has no real place in their life.  They think the Cross that saves and the world that crucified Christ are at peace, but the Biblical Cross that keeps us crucified to it is an unknown thing to them.

If the preaching of the Cross for justification, for sanctification, for forgiveness of sin and for power over the world, and freedom from it, is to happen, we must plead with God to show us what He meant when Paul wrote “the world”, and what He intends for us by the power of the Cross.  It is in the lives of people completely crucified to the world and all that is in it, that the Cross will show its power.  

From ‘The Spirit of the Cross’.

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My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound

Oh, may I then in Him be found

Dressed in His righteousness alone

Faultless stand before the Throne.

Edward Mote

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
(Matthew 5 v6 and 10)

The Lord Jesus Christ