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Centrality of cross

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The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is central to the Christian faith. Through the cross and resurrection of Christ, God achieved the redemption of believers and brought hope to the world.

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The gospel as the “message of the cross”

1 Corinthians 2:2 NET
For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
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The cross redeems from the curse of the law

Galatians 3:13 NET
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)
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The cross brings reconciliation and justification

Romans 4:25 NET
He was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.
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The cross destroys the power of Satan

Colossians 2:13–15 NET
And even though you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions. He has destroyed what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. Disarming the rulers and authorities, he has made a public disgrace of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
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The cross as a stumbling-block or offence

1 Corinthians 1:22–24 NET
For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
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The cross unites believers with Jesus Christ

Romans 6:4–7 NET
Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life. For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of his resurrection.We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.)
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The cross as a symbol of discipleship

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