“This Doctrine Of The Cross” ( 1 Corinthians 1: 18, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“We proclaim Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:23) and “the doctrine of the cross” which “is sheer folly to those on their way to ruin, but to us who are on the way to salvation it is the power of God.” “What room then is left for human pride? It is excluded. And on what principle? The keeping of the law would not exclude it, but faith does. For our argument is that a man is justified by faith quite apart from success in keeping the law.” (Romans 3:27-28) “For if those who hold by the law, and they alone, are heirs, then faith is empty and the promise goes for nothing, because law can bring only retribution.” (Romans 4:14-15) “[God] is Himself just and also justifies any man who puts his faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26) Therefore,”all are justified by God’s free grace alone.” (Romans 3:24)

“Now, quite independently of law, God’s justice has been brought to light.” (Romans 3:21) And this is simultaneously the folly and the power of God. “Divine folly is wiser than the wisdom of man, and divine weakness stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25) And Jesus, “nailed to the cross” “is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23, 24)

Put your faith in His power and wisdom though it may appear to be folly.

“Add Nothing To It” ( Ecclesiastes 3: 14, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Nothing need be added to Christ’s finished work — the redemptive work He completed on the cross.

“[God] has set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Men — that is humankind — desire God; they feel an emptiness when they are without His intimate presence.

Solomon reminds us that “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17) Because all will stand before the judgment seat of God Almighty, humankind needs One who will stand in the gap for them — One who has taken upon Himself the sins of the world.

Nothing is more powerful than the shed blood of Jesus Christ crucified. No “good deeds” compare to His effort on the cross of Calvary. Add nothing to His work, for it is not only unnecessary, it is worthless.

“Nothing Left Undone!” (Romans 5: 10, ESV) by Carley Evans

The truth — which should make all of us who call ourselves Christians — leap for joy in our hearts is that Jesus dies for us while we are His enemies! If God is willing to send His only Son out from glory into the world of hatred, mistrust, and agony so that He can save His people, then we should know in our hearts that He will not leave that task unaccomplished. Jesus, on the cross of Calvary, cries out in both His misery and His satisfaction — “It is finished, completed, accomplished, done with nothing left undone!”

“Throw Off Every Burden” (Hebrews 12: 1-2, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Consider [Jesus] who endures from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12: 3)

Keep your eyes fixed on Him so you may be able to “run with endurance.” Throw off every burden, avoiding the “sin which clings so closely.” Look to Jesus, who is literally thrilled to accomplish His Father’s will; and so “endures the Cross, despising the shame.” By setting aside His terror and finding strength in His Father, He becomes “the founder and perfecter of our faith.” Now He is “seated at the right hand of the throne of God” where He intercedes for you and me.

Know that “in [our] struggle against sin [we] have not yet resisted to the point of shedding [our] blood.” (Hebrews 12: 4) Therefore, God disciplines us as His children and we are not to “regard lightly the discipline of the Lord.” (Hebrews 12: 5) God “disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness.” (Hebrews 12: 10) Discipline “yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” (Hebrews 12: 11)

Remember that “[we], who are dead in [our] trespasses and the uncircumcision of [our] flesh, God makes alive together with [Jesus], forgiving us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stands against us with its legal demands. This He sets aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2: 13 – 14)

“Therefore, as [we] receive Christ Jesus the Lord, so [we] walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith.” (Colossians 2: 6 – 7)

We walk in Christ by faith.