About The Cross (cont.)
It is not an accident that the Holy Spirit had the just shall live by faith written three times in the New Testament (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).
Every Born Again Believer were justified (declared righteous, declared not guilty or acquitted) because of their faith in the Finished Work of Jesus Christ on Calvary's cross, meaning Who Jesus is (God manifested in human flesh), and what He did on the Cross. We are now the Just because of our faith in the Cross, so Habakkuk, and the Apostle Paul admonishes us to live our everyday lives by continuing to put our Faith in the Cross. This gives the Holy Spirit the legal right to release the Spiritual Power within us, enabling us to live a life free from the Law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) . The Holy Spirit only works within a Believers heart within the confines of their Faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified on a daily basis.
I see so much of the Church today not living on a daily basis the victory that Christ afforded us through His Death, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension, and Exaltation. I am not talking about sinless perfection, but the Apostle Paul said in Romans 6:14, For sin shall not have dominion over you (shall not dominate you): for you are not under the law, but under grace. Anything that you make the Object of your faith , other than What Jesus Christ provided on the Cross, such as your Church, your denomination, your prayer life, you being Baptized with the Holy Spirit, being Baptized in Water, the good works you do in Church or the community, and etc., will be looked upon by God as Law (Galatians 5:1-4).
Satan has been very successful in convincing the Modern Church that they need to add works (man made programs, and religious rituals) to the purity of the Gospel of Faith in Christ and Him Crucified.
The Message of the Cross of Christ is the only message God will recognize. God give us preachers who will proclaim this message, and Christians who will believe this message.
Luke 9:23, says, And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself ( not asceticism as many think , but rather that one denies one's own willpower, self-will, strength, and ability; depending totally on Christ), and take up his cross (the benefits of the Cross, looking exclusively to what Jesus did there to meet our every need) daily (this is so important, our looking to the Cross; that we must renew our Faith in what Christ has done for us, even on a daily basis, for Satan will ever try to move us away from the Cross as the object of our Faith, which always spells disaster), and follow me (Christ can be followed only by the Believer looking to the Cross, understanding what it accomplished, and by that means alone (Romans 6:3-5, 11, 14; 8:1-2, 11; I Cor. 1:17-18, 21,23; 2:2; Gal. 6:14; Eph. 2:13-18; Col. 2:14-15). (The Expositor's Bible).