- A Place Of Rest In These Troubled Times
“For I determined to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
The above verse was written to the church at Corinth, by the Apostle Paul, regarding the anchor for our soul. It is faith in the cross that saves us, keeps us, brings us victory and will bring us into the very presence of God in glorified bodies in the future. Our faith in the cross brings God’s grace into our lives and allows the Holy Spirit to work mightily in us.
The Lord is merciful, but is also just and must judge sin. Our placing our faith in the cross saves us from the certain judgment of a just God. The Bible says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The Lord in His mercy offered Himself on the cross for our sin. As John, The Baptist proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” Our Faith in His great work saves us and we are made sons (and daughters) of God. The instant we place our faith in the cross we are born again (born from above) and become co-heirs with Jesus.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.
(Composed by Helen Howarth Lemmel )
We are also kept by God by our continued faith in the cross (Christ crucified). The word says: “Who are kept by the power of God through faith (in the cross) unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” So, we are saved by faith in the cross and kept in the same manner. The Bible speaks of salvation in three ways. In separate verses it says: we are saved, we are being saved and in some verses it speaks of salvation in the future (as in the above verse). The first speaks of our initial salvation, the second is speaking about our progressive sanctification (daily walk), and the third our glorification in the end time.
By the cross, we gain victory in our lives on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit works exclusively through our faith in the cross to give us this victory (Romans 8:2). Our every triumph in this life over the world, the flesh, and the devil is brought about by the Holy Spirit as we continually (daily) place our faith in Christ Crucified.
All the Lord has done for us in the past, will do for us today, or will do for us in the future is made possible only by what Jesus accomplished at the cross. Yes, our faith in the cross (the price Jesus paid) is the anchor for our soul. We must keep our faith there at all times. This is God’s way – His only way. And it is our only way to victory.
Near the Cross
Jesus, keep me near the cross. There’s a precious fountain – free to all, a healing stream- flows from Calvary’s mountain.
(Composed By Fanny Crosby)
An anchor on a ship secures it and keeps the ship from drifting. In the same way, our faith in the cross keeps us secure in the grace of God, and will keep us from drifting (moving our faith to other things). Though the winds of life may blow, the Lord has provided a sure anchor for our soul. He has saved us, He keeps us in His grace, and one day He will bring us into His very presence in glory. We are saved, we are being sanctified, and we will be glorified. All this is accomplished by God as we place, and keep our faith, in the anchor of our soul – the cross.
“This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23)
The Anchor Holds
The anchor holds, though the ship is battered. The anchor holds, though the sails are torn. I have fallen on my knees as I face the raging seas. The anchor holds in spite of the storm.
(Composed by Ray Boltz)
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