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The Gospel

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and the Power
of the Cross
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The contributors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ set forth the Biblical evidence showing that healing ministry and miraculous Spiritual Gifts
were the chief demonstration of the redeeming power of the Cross that accompanied the preaching of the Gospel in the New Testament Church. The substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross is the heart of the Gospel. 1Peter2:24 makes this clear ''who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to our sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed.'' Christ's atoneing work on the cross is the centre of gravity in New Testament faith. The power of the cross is first and foremost in the atonement and forgiveness of all sin that the cross provides >1John2:2< "And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but
also for the whole world." Scripture is also clear that the cross provides the basis for all God's work in our lives to sanctify us and to restore us from the brokenness of sin. >2Corinth5:21< "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.'' >Colossians.1:22<
"In the body of His flesh through death, to present you Holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight."
>1John3:8<
''He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of
the devil."
Just as scripture suggests we may experience sanctification and the eradication of sin only in part of this life.
>Phil.3:12, 13<
"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; But I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead."
Scripture also seems clear that prior to Christ's return, we will experience healing and spiritual gifts only in part. >1:John3:2<
"Beloved, now we are children of God; And it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." Scripture is clear that the work of Christ on
the cross to forgive our sins is the fountainhead from which all other blessings of the Christian faith flow, including healing and Spiritual gifts. Healing and Spiritual gifts are unique in that they show the superior power of the true and living God. >Acts8:9-11: 13:6; 16:16; 19:13-19< they Honour and Glorify Christ, proclaiming
Him Lord. >1Corinth12:1-3; 1John4:2< they are accompanied by good fruit, >Matt7:20; Gal.5:22, 23< and they encourage faith and growth
in Christ. >1Corinth14:12; Eph.4:11; 1Peter4:10, 11<. Christ and His cross are everything, as Paul said in Philippians 1:21. "For to me, to live
is Christ, and to die is gain (to die from sin). It is the Grace and Power of Christ's death on the cross, forgiving of sins, that make Healing and Spiritual gifts possible in the Christian life >Isaiah53:4-5; 1Peter2:24; Acts3:13-16; Gal.3:5<. Is it simply coincidental in this regard that the Greek word CHARISMA "Spiritual gifts" is derived from the same Greek CHARIS "Grace" and CHARIZOMAI "forgive, pardon" This is why Paul sought not only to preach the Gospel boldy >see Eph.6:19, 20< but he also sought regulary to heal the sick and minister with signs and wonders and all Spiritual gifts alongside his preaching. This is why in Philippians3. Paul says; "Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as
rubbish, that I may gain Christ." and in >Philippians3:10< Paul says "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being comforted
to His death."


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