What the Cross Changed – The Cross Changed the Future

what-the-cross-changed-600-lowDate written: 2 April 2015

SUBJECT: Salvation

TITLE: What the Cross Changed

PROPOSITION: The cross is the center of history, and it changed everything. The cross changed 1) the world, 2) me, and 3) the future. In changing the future, the cross changed the future from 1) separation to fellowship, 2) an old body to a new body, 3) an old earth to a new earth.

OBJECTIVE: To study and understand the pivotal role that the cross plays in history, personal life, and eternity.

Aim: I hope that each person listening to this sermon will come away with a renewed sense of wonder at the depth of meaning in the cross of Christ.


1. Read: Galatians 6:14 – “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

2. About the Text:

1) If anyone could have bragged about himself, the apostle Paul could.

2) He was a self-described Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee (Phil.3:5).

3) Yet he said “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ” (Phil.3:7).

4) The cross changed the apostle Paul, but he isn’t the only thing that the cross has changed.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: The Cross Changed the Future from . . .

I.   Separation to Fellowship

1. “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

2. “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:16-19).

3. “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

II.  Old Body to New Body

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

2. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).

3. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

III. Old Earth to New Earth

1. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy” (Isaiah 65:17-18).

2. “Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old.” (Acts 3:19-21).

3. Romans 8:17-23.

4. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:10-14).


1. The cross changes the future from . . .

1) Separation to Fellowship

2) An Old Body to a New Body

3) An Old Earth to a New Earth

2. Invitation