God made him who had no sin to be sin for us. (Romans 5:21)
The death he died, he died to sin once for all. (Romans 6:10)
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. (1 John 3:5)
Sin was born in the garden. Sin died on the cross. The power that created the cosmic vacuum separating humanity from God was destroyed there. When the price of sin was paid, the cross then bridged the chasm that separated mankind from God. There is now provision for the Spirit of God to rebirth and coexist in the human spirit; thereby, the cosmic vacuum that causes the mirage of life may come to an end. This can be experienced as a present reality!
When the crucified Jesus said, “It is finished,” He ensured the full price had been paid for all sin for all humanity for all time (John 19:30). Because of this, the responsibility of mankind paying the price for sin ceased to exist forever. No earthly priest, pastor, imam, or guru is required as an intermediary between God and mankind because of Christ’s work on the cross.
When the debt is paid in full, the power of the lender is broken. When the full price for the penalty of sin on behalf of mankind was paid on the cross, there was an incredible consequence that occurred in that the power as well as the state of sin was broken. The historical reality of the truth of the cross in achieving forgiveness for humanity becomes real when humanity lives in communion, communication, and companionship with God. The proof of a historical reality is its ability to transform into a present human experience. The evidence of the historical reality of the cross is its present ability to enable mankind to experience the identity of being a child of God.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because Godʼs seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. (1 John 3:9)
Saying we believe in the cross for forgiveness without experiencing the freedom of enslaving sin is a contradiction. The practicality of the cross is its capability to enable humanity to not do what it does not want to do. Sin is slavery. We are free to be delivered from anything that enslaves us. The cross empowers us to do what we want to do and not do what we do not want to do because the power of sin was and is broken there. This is true freedom!