The Complete Work on the Cross – By Dr. Phil Dillingham
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” I Corinthians 15:2-3
Let us consider together what the trinity of Christ work means to us.
- His Death Means:
(1) The beginning and end of Faith.
The beginning of “faith in Jesus” ending in “the faith of Jesus.” (Acts 24:24; Galatians 2:16 & 20)
(2) The ending of Fear.
The ending of the fear of death. (I Corinthians 15: 42-55). “O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory?” (vs. 55)
(3) The beginning of a new Future.
“I am crucified with Christ: yet I live.” (Galatians 2: 2d). “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17).
- His Resurrection Means:
The word hope in Scripture is not willful thinking, but an eager, excited anticipation of God fulfilling his word and promises. “The hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2-2: 13) “Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”
“God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up by his own power.” (I Corinthians 6:14). “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear.” (Hebrews 13:6).
It means heaven now and eternally. “hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heaven.” (Ephesians 2: 5-6. “we have a house of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in heaven.” (II Corinthians 5:1).
III. His Ascension Means:
(1) A New Position.
“sit together in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 2:6). We are now seated with Christ spiritually at the right hand of God; to live the ascended life.
(2) A New Plan.
That we should become overcomers. “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:” ( I John 5:4).
(3) A New Power.
“And to know the love of Christ,…., that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Ephesians 3:19-20). “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you:…. to be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49). “Ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8).
Conclusion: Since Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension into heaven; we live in the dispensation of God’s Grace (God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense). We honor Christ’s death and resurrection each Easter in appreciation for His sacrifice and gift of eternal life to those of us who accept his gift of salvation. We should be so thankful for the Passion of our Christ, God the Father and the Holy Ghost.