Note: The following resolution was passed at the 2008 GARBC Conference, held June 24-27, 2008, in Ankeny, Iowa.
WHEREAS the subject of the cross of Christ is central and indispensable to the gospel (1 Cor. 1:17—2:2) and is vitally related to Bible doctrines such as substitutionary atonement, propitiation, redemption, justification, and reconciliation; and
WHEREAS the cross of Christ reveals to humankind something about the very nature of God, including His justice (Rom. 3:25, 26), His love (Rom. 5:8), and His wisdom (the message of the gospel, including the crucifixion of Christ, is the very wisdom of God; 1 Cor. 2:6–8); and
WHEREAS the death of Christ on the cross is the basis for the believer’s justification (Rom. 3:25, 26), the ground for the believer’s cleansing (1 John 1:7), and victory over sin (Rom. 6:1–10), and the foundation for the judgment of Satan and his demons (Col. 2:15; John 12:31); and
WHEREAS the cross of Christ influences the believer’s life by ensuring peace with God (Rom. 5:1, 9, 10; Col. 1:20), by fostering a changed relationship to the world (Gal. 6:14), by establishing a new life of faith (Gal. 2:20), and by supplying a model for Biblical love (Eph. 5:1, 2); and
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