Obtaining The Divine Life


From Death to Life: the Process of Salvation


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REDEMPTION



In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:7-8)

Did God abandon us in this impossible dilemma? No, He sent us his son, Jesus, to resolve it. Christ's sacrifice on the cross solved both problems associated with the Fall: (1) it permanently restored the breach between God and man ("redemption"); and (2) it gives each of us the ability to receive the supernatural life that was not available before Christ came ("justification").

Why was Christ's sacrificial death and resurrection able to restore the breach? Let us remember who
Christ redeemed all men - no longer does the breach exist between God and man.
Christ is: He is a person (God the Son), with two natures- human and divine. So he is both fully man and fully God. As a man, he is able to represent the entire human race as Adam represented the human race when he fell. "Since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). Like any man, he receives the just reward or punishment for his life. If he is righteous, he receives his reward; if unrighteous, then the penalty due to him: death. Christ was the only truly righteous man, but he willingly took all sin, including Adam's representative sin, onto himself and received the due punishment of death. As God, he was capable of this infinite sacrifice, but death had no hold over him. Therefore, Christ was able to break the bonds of death and to pay completely the debt owed to God for the breach.

Therefore, the work of Christ redeemed all men- no longer does the breach exist between God and man; it has been fully repaired. As Scripture states, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men" (1 Timothy 2:6)


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