Cross to us being saved is power of God (1 Cor 1:18)

"Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father" (Ro 6:4). It was "the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead" (8:11). "The Father raises the dead and gives them life" (Jn 5:21). Christ "was raised because of our justification" (Ro 4:25). "Through Him [we] are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead" (1Pe 1:21). Since "we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him" (Ro 6:8). Therefore we "consider [ourselves] to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (:11) because "the life that He lives, He lives to God" (:10). We have "concluded this" (2Co 5:14) "that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf" (:15). It is "so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (:21) being that "the spirit is alive because of righteousness" (Ro 8:10). "He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you" (:11). "The Son also gives life to whom He wishes" (Jn 5:21). He said, "'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me'" (14:6).

"Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again" (Ro 6:9). The case is closed. "How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" (:2). Christ has "abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2Ti 1:10). It is a clearcut case which speaks for itself. Paul understood the situation because he was sent to "preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void" (1Co 1:17). He would not promote anything except "the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Gal 6:14). He "determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1Co 2:2). However, "to Jews [it is] a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness" (1:23). "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (:18).

You are redeemed "with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ" (1Pe 1:19). Every believer has "been baptized into Christ Jesus" (Ro 6:3) and is part of "the church of God which He purchased with His own blood" (Ac 20:28). Furthermore, we "have been baptized into His death . . . [and] buried with Him through baptism into death" (Ro 6:3-4) as well as "united with Him in the likeness of His death" (:5). That is why "those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh" (Gal 5:24). "Our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin" (Ro 6:6). "'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me . . . [for] whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it'" (Lk 9:23-24). It was "through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil" (Heb 2:14). "The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil" (1Jn 3:8). For example, Jesus told Peter, "'You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests'" (Mt 16:23). "The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life" (Ro 8:6). "Christ was raised from the dead . . . so we too might walk in newness of life" (6:4). Therefore, "we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection" (:5).