The Cross Is Everything

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law…by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. Romans 3:21–22 (NLT)

You are righteous. According to Strong’s Concordance, righteousness (dikaiosýnē) refers to what God deems right after examination. You are righteous if you are approved in His eyes.

Most people believe that if God were to examine them, He would find them far from right in His eyes and unworthy of approval by His perfect standards. However, Romans 3:21–22 tells us a different story. We are right with God, fully approved and accepted, when we place our faith in Jesus.

The only way to disqualify yourself is to NOT believe that Jesus is your Lord and Saviour. You have to go to the cross. Start focusing on Jesus instead of your faults and shortcomings.

Many people place a larger focus on the Old Testament teachings but I would suggest that you study the book of Acts and on the majority of the time. There are great lessons to be learned from the Old Testament… but Paul preached about the cross most of the time because he knew its importance. We need to become crystal clear on the deal that took place at the cross.

What happened at the cross? According to Matthew 8:17, He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases (NLT), and 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT) says, For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. You are righteous before God and you qualify for every promise in the book.