T H E P O W E R O F T H E C R O S S  25 not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17–18) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life. (John 5:24) It was by Jesus’ death on the cross that he made all Christians just as righteous as God himself is righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:7). He also made all Christians holy, just as God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). What more can a Christian ask for? The moment a person is baptized, they are relieved from being under law, they are released from the judgment, and they are freed from sin and its curse—which is death. They immediately enter into perfect eternal life with Jesus their Lord and their Brother (Hebrews 2:11), and with God, their Father. Also, when we get to heaven, we shall be able to meet and talk with all the saints that we have read about in the Bible. We can actually sit down and have all the time in eternity to talk to Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Mo- ses, David, the apostles, and even with Jesus himself. The cross is the force that accomplished all of that and delivers us “out of this present evil world” (Galatians 1:3–5) and into the kingdom of God. We are delivered the very moment we are baptized, not when Jesus comes again the second time to raise the dead and establish the new heavens and the new earth. Paul wrote, “Grace to you and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of this present evil world, according to the will of our God and Fa- ther: to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Galatians 1:3–5). The cross gives a Christian the power to live without sin—that is, to never have a sin charged against him. John wrote: