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Life before and after the cross

Updated: May 1, 2019

The cross of Jesus changed many things as it relates to the manner of life that existed before the death of Jesus. This is the crux of the matter in Christianity that many fail to realize. The difference between old and new testament is the cross.


“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:28. Hebrews 9:16 says, “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator”.


These two above verses prove that the New Testament was ushered in after the death, burial, resurrection and glorification of Jesus. Understanding the difference between life before the cross and after the cross is a fundamental way to reign in life (Rom 5:17). Otherwise you will live a life that is neither here nor there: Not sure if you have victory or have to fight for victory.


FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES BEFORE THE CROSS AND AFTER

1. Before the cross, they prayed for the Holy Spirit to come, and begged that God should not take the Holy Spirit from them. After the cross, the Holy Spirit dwells in the believer forever. No need for believers in Christ to be waiting for the Holy Spirit to come again, he has already come and He will abide with the believer forever.


2. Old Testament people were asked to confess and repent of their sin/sins BUT New Covenant believers have been called to confess Jesus and what he has already provided for them - Big difference!!! Jesus paid for ALL sin ( Past Present and future) more than 2000 years ago on our behalf, and all the people are required to do after the cross is to believe and receive forgiveness as a gift ( Acts 13:38-39).


“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians 1:7"


"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 "

Colossians 1:14 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins"


Sin does not stand anywhere between the believer and God, only Jesus stands between man and God. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5. The cross took care of sin, past, present and future. From the cross, the price for sin travelled back to Adam and forward to eternity end. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;” 1 Peter 3:18-19. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2. This wasn’t the case under the OT!!!


3. The death of Jesus shields us from God's wrath and judgment. God is no more angry with you and He will never be angry with you, as He exhausted all His anger on Jesus. Jesus took all the punishment for all your atrocities. This was a different case under the old testament-people were not free from the wrath of God. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. This wasn’t the case under the OT, where God’s anger and judgement for sin always led to the death of the people living under the OT.


4. Man has been given Jesus' level of authority after the cross that was not there before the cross. Before the cross, man's righteousness before God was considered as filthy rags before God (Isaiah 54; 6). But after the cross, the man who accepts Christ receives the gift of righteousness without works (Rom 5:17; Rom 5:19; 2 Cor 5:21). “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,” Romans 4:5-6


5. The Old Testament is the agreement God had with Israel as a standard (in types and shadows), to point them to their helplessness and need to believe in Jesus. Jesus showed up, fulfilled the law (with all its requirements), and ended it for man through the cross (Rom 10:4; Matthew 5:17; Romans 8;3-4). So Jesus is the end of the law for (standing in) righteousness. Romans 10:4 says “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth”.


6. The Old Testament is Jesus concealed, the New Testament is Jesus revealed. You only understand the Old Testament through the New Testament (the revelation of Jesus). The Old Testament had types, shadows, prophecies and promises. The New Testament is the fulfilment of all (types, shadows, prophecies and promises) in Christ (Hebrews 10:1; Colossians 2:16-17).


7. The Old Testament was given by angels, powered by the blood of bulls and goats (Galatians 3:18-20; Hebrews 2:2; Acts 7:35-36). The New Testament is powered by the blood of Jesus, given to us by Jesus (Hebrews 8:6). The Old Testament could never take away sin, Hebrews 10:1-4; the coming of Jesus took away sins. (John 1:29, Hebrews 10:12-14, Hebrews 9:23-26; 28). The Old Testament had on-going sacrifices of bulls and goats that only COVERED sin/sins. The cross was an over-payment for sin. It's called 'the unsearchable riches of Christ'. “But this man, after he HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:12-14 KJV.

Jesus didn't die on the cross in order to change your conduct. If it was only for changing your conduct, then Jesus didn't need to come and die on the cross, for the blood from animal sacrifices already catered for man's conduct. But blood from animal sacrifices could only cover sin and not remove sin. Only the blood of Jesus was necessarily to remove sin as far as east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). Born-again is the removal of sin or Adamic nature. Born Again Is Not Character Modification. When your nature changes, your conduct follows suit. It is the change in nature that produces change in your conduct.


8.The Old Testament was a conditional testament (Deuteronomy 28:1 -3, Exodus 15:26), in the New Testament, all conditions were met by Christ - for us, as our High Priest, so we enjoy unconditional blessings in Him (Ephesians 1:3). The Old Testament justified no one (Romans 3:20, Galatians 2:15), the New Testament in Jesus justified us by faith in his blood. (Romans 5:1-2). The Old Testament way of relating to God is not the same as the New Testament way of having a relationship with God. The Old Testament was legalistic and based on your performance. The New Testament, on the other hand, is a covenant of grace based on acceptance of what Jesus did.


9. The New Testament came by the grace of God, which teaches us how to live: no more by the law of commandments, but by the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which has set us free from the (old) law of sin and death! (Titus 2:11-12, Romans 8:2). The basis of relationship with God has changed, previously under the Old Testament, it was based on man's efforts. After the cross, it is based on what Jesus has done. Everything is now based on grace. Because of that, there is a huge difference between the way people approached God under the Old and the way they should now approach Him under the New. The book of Hebrews was written specifically to contrast this and to show us how to approach God through a new and living way. ( Heb 10:16-23).


10. Psalm 118:17 says “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord”.

Isaiah 42:8 says, “I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images”. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;....”


Under the OT, sin entered the world and death because of sin, and death reigned BEFORE the cross. Before the cross, people were spiritually dead and separated from God. The power of death the devil had over the people was rooted in the separation between God and people. The sin of unbelief among the people was also another factor that empowered the devil to hold people in bondage to sin and death.


The below verses is what happened after the death, burial, resurrection, ascension and glorification of Jesus (AFTER THE CROSS):


1 John 3:8 says, “……….For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”.


Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.


John 5:24 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life”.


John 17:22 “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:”


Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.


Hebrews 2:14 says, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Colossians 2:15 “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it”

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