He Chose the Nails
Session 4 - He Chose to Love Us Forever
This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
I John 3:16
The cross was a gift from God.
He has provided two kinds of sanctification to us:
Positional sanctification: Christ’s work for us. We are given a prize not because of what we do but because of who we know.
Progressive sanctification: Christ’s work in us. We are continuously transformed by God.
The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. The design couldn’t be simpler: one beam represents the width of God’s love, and the other reflects the height of his holiness.
The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.
The sin is punished, but we are safe in the shadow of the cross. We were “made holy through the sacrifice Christ made in his body once and for all time” (Hebrews 10:10).
We are positionally sanctified— the achievement of Jesus’ blood is credited to us. We are also progressively sanctified—his work in us is ongoing. We can’t be more saved than we were the day we accepted Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and received salvation—but we can grow in that salvation.
As boldly as the center beam proclaims God’s holiness, the crossbeam declares his love. himself!