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06/02/2011

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Looking Through A Cross


"His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross" (Eph.2:15-16).

Have you heard the idiom, "looking through rose tinted glasses?" It means to take an optimistic view of things...You know....The glass half-full philosophy. People look at things from a great many perspectives. Some positive, some negative and everywhere in between. How about God? How do you suppose that God looks at us? Is it through rose tinted glasses? Do you suppose that He is mostly positive, negative or somewhere in between? I would submit to you today that God looks at us through the Cross. "And through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross" (Col.1:19). God looks at us through that cross! He sees us through the cross....As we look at the symbolism of the cross, we find the exact place where our wills cross His. "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Pet.1:18). Peter's purpose is very clearly stated here...The purpose of the cross is to bring us to God. From my home here in NJ, I can think of many ways to get to New York City. There are not a lot of ways to God! God's plan of salvation for mankind follows only one path, and that is through the cross of Jesus. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (Jn.14:6). The way that Jesus is talking about here leads directly through the cross..."Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). The view is perfectly clear, with no rose tinted glasses needed. God looks at each of us through the cross....

Have a great day...As His light shines on you, let it shine to others....Love mark Phil.4:11

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