The world today is dealing with quite a number of divisive issues. Previously joint fronts are being separated, whilst those that were previously separated are now coming together, united along common fronts. However, over and above all forms of redistribution, there is a divisive line that can not be erased or redrawn. It’s the divide of the Cross of Christ.
What is the Cross? It’s a far-reaching question, however, the fundamentals will be addressed here briefly. The Cross is an instrument of death. To ignore or misunderstand this point is injurious to the walk of faith of a Christian, for he would be attempting to do that which is alien to the proposition of the scriptures.
The Cross would be considered from two perspective. First is:
Romans 6:6 And we know that our old being has been put to death with Christ on his cross, in order that the power of the sinful self might be destroyed, so that we should no longer be the slaves of sin. (GNT)
The Cross was God’s device and strategy for putting to death our old nature, the old man, the fleshly nature, that which is the embodiment of the self-life. He did this to free us for the bondage of the body of sin that henceforth, we’d cease to be slaves of Sin, and thus being free, we can live for righteousness and serve His purposes. A believer who misses this point would become the unwitting servant of sin, and live all his life without ever touching and living in his newfound estate in Christ. He’d be a son, wallowing with pigs, starved beyond reason.
The Christian life starts at the Cross, for here also the old, unregenerate life comes to a decisive end. Thus we find that a life that does not start at this point, devoid of the far-reaching effects of the Cross or ignorant of the access point embedded in the Cross could hardly be called Christian, it is rather a true surprise and unfortunate alternate.
In the second place, the Cross also is the divide that separates the world from the believer and the believer from the world, creating a giant unassailable chasm between the two. The difference between both entities is precisely the difference between death and life. The Apostle Paul writing to the Galatians says:
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
The believer is from a different order, his conversation from a different realm, his identity from a different source. If he misses this, he will still seek to remain preoccupied with the temporal and the ephemeral, for he never comes to the realization that,
1 John 2:16-17
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
In final place, he knows nothing for he has gone on to sustain an alliance that puts him at odds with the very Lord is he professing to serve. He forgets or perhaps never knew that-
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The Cross is the great divide that separates the new creation from the old, the believer from the world system. It can’t be sidestepped nor ignored. It must have its work upon an individual otherwise such a one remains an alien to God irrespective of his confession. The obvious question then is, have you encountered the Cross? And if you have, have you submitted to its working your life?