The believer and the Cross.
In the words of Christ:
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32)
What is the Cross to the believer? For many, the presumption of the Cross is merely the preceding event to Easter. For others, it is the basis of the Gospel, so, they’re inclined to move on to other doctrinal aspects of the Bible, of which they assume isn’t as rudimentary as the Cross.
In their search for wisdom to be sophisticated, they become fools. For the wisdom of God is in the power of the Cross. This we read in 1 Corinthians 1:18. For the message about Christ's death on the Cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Rightly so, the original translation is “being saved.” This does not imply Salvation is daily, no, we were saved once. However, the sustaining of salvation is found in the Cross of Christ. We do not learn away from the Cross, we learn to abide in the Cross, wherewith we are sustained through God’s wisdom.
Considering sin is the greatest problem for mankind, but at the Cross sin was defeated, wherewith its power to control and destroy man was broken. However, the source of sin is still present in this world. So then, are we now gurus and perfected to walk away from the Cross?
For the many that have walked away from the Cross, or for the lack of understanding of the Cross; they are weary in their Christian life, and are spiritually afflicted without the wisdom of a cure. For they have forsaken God’s wisdom.
Though Christ is in their awareness, but they are not drawn unto Him. For He said, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me. The "lifted up" spoken of here, speaks of His death on the Cross. It was through His death, sin was defeated, and because of His death He was resurrected, then came glorification.
So then, it was at the Cross, the power of sin was broken in the believer’s life, through this we are allowed to live the victorious life, or the resurrected life. However, how can one be resurrected without first dying? Spiritually speaking, the flesh must be crucified, and the Cross is the only place the flesh is crucified. Therefore, victory is at the Cross of Christ.