The Cross is a Positive Sign
Positive– certain and not in doubt
Negative – “no”, or refusing or denying something
Cross – The cross-shaped sign, represented in its simplest form by a crossing of two lines at right angles
Appeal– An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication
A resort to a higher authority or greater power, as for sanction, corroboration, or a decision
Repel – To resist effectively
The horizontal line without the vertical line equals the minus or negative sign.
We are unable to connect positively with one another without a relationship with God.
Without the “One” true God we are unable to connect in a positive way with one another.
Jesus came to reconcile and connect us to the Father which = a positive sign of right relationship.
When we have a right relationship with the Father, we then connect and have a right relationship with one another.
Are you in right relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Without a relationship with the “one” true God we are negative and minus the power to live in right relationship with one another. We repel one another with our negative charges.
This is what Christ accomplished on the cross. He reconciled all mankind to the Father by laying down his life, taking our place and making the appeal to the Father for our forgiveness in order to be eternally reconciled and connected. Those who have connected with God through Jesus Christ are sealed by the Holy Spirit with the “positive” sign of redemption and no one and nothing can separate them from His love. No one or thing can undo what He has accomplished.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8: 38-39
Minus Jesus Christ= Eternal Separation Plus Jesus Christ = Eternal Connection
You can’t say you love God and neglect mankind. And you can’t say you love mankind without loving God. We can only stay connected with God and with others through what Christ Jesus accomplished on the Cross. Then our life and the lives of others in whom we contact will be positive instead of negative.
“If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” 1 John 4:20
Example: When we sin against God, what follows is sinning against our brother (mankind).
Cain first sinned against God and was disobedient and refused reconciliation. He then sinned against his brother by becoming angry and later murdering him. Genesis 4:2-8
God through Jesus Christ was lifted up through Christ’s death and his resurrection for all mankind to see.
“But I, when (I am ) lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John 12:32
Magnetism: a negative charge will repel a negative charge. But a positive charge attracts a negative charge.
There are negative charges against us. But Christ has forgiven us and He who is positive invites us to come to what He has positively accomplished on the cross so that we can become “one”.
Are you Positive concerning your relationship with God?
“In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” John 14:20
Since God is a Holy God He cannot have a relationship with anyone who sins. The Word of God says that we all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). Since God is Holy, Righteous, and Just, He must judge sin. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. So it is sin that separates us from Him. Because He loved us and created us to have fellowship with Him, He has to take care of the sin problem.
What is Sin?
God revealed to us what separates us from Himself by giving us the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are God’s law. The law reveals to us what is sin. The Ten Commandments consist of laws concerning how we are to relate to one another ( mankind) and how we are to relate to God. The Law was not given so that we could become Holy, but to show us that we sin. It is impossible for us to perfectly keep the law and be Holy as God is Holy. Yet, to come into His presence we must be without sin.
God’s law is summed up in two commandments:
‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND and ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’
Anytime we are disobedient to God we break the first commandment, and anytime we are unkind to our neighbor we break the second commandment.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him,
‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it,
‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22: 36-40
Since we all have sinned, how can we have fellowship with a Holy God?
We can’t remove our sins, neither can we stop sinning on our own. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to reconcile us to the Father. He is the only one who can do this because He knew God before the world was created. In fact, the world was created through Him and by Him (John 1: 1-5). But because God is a just God and He has to punish sin, Jesus left heaven to take upon Himself our punishment. He was the only one who could do this because He never sinned. When He was punished on the cross for all mankind, He took upon Himself God’s Judgment. He not only took our punishment but also prayed for our forgiveness. While Jesus was on the Cross, dying as an innocent man, He prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” God heard and accepted His Son’s prayer. He was the only one that could forgive sin. Sin results in death. But because Christ never sinned, He could not remain in the grave. Because of what Jesus did on our behalf we can now be reconciled to God the Father. God no longer judges us when we accept His forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Therefore, just as the grave could not hold Jesus, it cannot hold anyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ. As Christ was resurrected, and did not remain in the tomb, those who have their sins removed through faith in Jesus Christ will also be resurrected.
So I’ll ask the question again.
Are you positive concerning your relationship with God?
If not, I have good news. You can be positive about your salvation and know that God loves you and that you have eternal life, by accepting what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross.
Just ask Him to forgive you for your sins and accept Jesus Christ as Savior. Then you will know of your reconciliation and positive relationship with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. You will have the opportunity for an abundant life on earth and become certain of your eternal place in Heaven. DF
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5: 18-21