As believers in Christ, we know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for people’s sins. But many do not know that the forgiveness of our sins is not the end of the story. The benefits of the cross are much more: Not only has Jesus freed believers from all condemnation, but we have a whole new identity, according to John 1:12 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. He has given us purpose, power, and hope to live here on Earth now!

Eternal life is not just about Heaven; it starts as soon as you accept Christ. Jesus’ purpose was to preach and to heal—and now, so is yours. The source of His power to do these things was the Holy Spirit, and you have been given the same Holy Spirit that lived in Jesus.

The Bible tells us to “forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). Here are just a few of the many benefits of the cross for your life as a follower of Christ. May you rejoiced and be encouraged as you consider each one:

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“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1

The self-substitution of Christ for man’s sin is the heart of the Cross. Because of His death at Calvary, Christ allows believers to enjoy the eternal benefits of these central truths:

Propitiation

The wrath of God against sin was fully vented on His own Son at the cross. Christians never need to fear angering God. Our sin is forgiven, and even God’s chastisement for sinful behavior is motivated by compassion.

Redemption

Christ’s death purchased us out of the slavery of sin. His shed blood paid the penalty of death and ransomed us from sin and evil. We have been delivered from the kingdom of Satan and placed into the kingdom of God’s Son.

Justification

By God’s grace we no longer are guilty before God. Christ’s death secured our verdict, releasing us from the sentence of death. He declares us righteous and credits His righteousness to our account.

Reconciliation

Once enemies, God and man are now friends. The Cross made a permanent change possible between formerly alienated man and God. The right Man is now on our side, and we are on His.