It is an age-old question, but perhaps more important now than
The heart of the apostle Paul can be expressed with the words:
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom
the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Jesus Christ was the
Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. He bore our sins in
His body on the tree. He was made sin for us. Jehovah has laid on
Him the iniquity of us all. He is the propitiation for our sins.
He tasted death for every man.
All of these statements from the Scriptures describe the
substitutionary nature of the death of Jesus Christ. Because of His death, the believing
sinner is placed in Gods estimation beyond his own execution, and the ground of
condemnation is forever past (John 3:17-21). God sees us as having been punished for our
sins in Christs death. God removed through the death of Jesus every moral and
spiritual hindrance to His righteousness in the believing sinner. Because of the atoning
death of Christ, God can now exercise His love without reservation. Nothing now stands in
the way to hinder it. God in grace reaches down to the sinner to save him for all
But not only does He forgive the guilty sinner, He places the sinner
in eternal glory in the very image of His Son, Jesus Christ. That is the greatest thing
God can possibly do in and for the believing sinner. Christ in you, the hope of
glory (Col. 1:17). After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but
you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am
in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you (John 14:19-20).
Jesus suffered our death so that the righteousness of God could be
fully satisfied. That fact is so crucial that a personal acceptance or rejection of Christ
is the declaration that determines the final eternal destiny of every person.
Jesus Christ died as our substitute (Isa. 53:5-6; Jn. 1:29; 3:16, 18,
36; 2 Cor. 5:14, 21; Heb. 2:9; 1 Jn. 2:2).
He died a death, once for all, that you and I might never have to die
for the wages of our sins. His death fully satisfied the infinite righteousness of God.
The divine transaction for our sins was completed when Jesus declared, It is
finished! The all-sufficient ground of salvation for every sinner was completed on
the cross. Christ removed the cause of our enmity in His death.
In a legal sense, all have died in the death of Christ because Christ
died for all (2 Cor. 5:14). The value of that death has been secured for all. The greatest
thing that can be said of us is that Jesus died for us. However, that death does not save
the world automatically. It does make salvation of the individual possible because
salvation depends upon a personal appropriation through faith in Jesus Christ. In the
cross of Jesus, God has fully accomplished a work for every unsaved person. The blood of
Jesus Christ has redeemed us.
God in love now awaits each individual to personally trust in the
finished work of Jesus Christ. The righteous judgment for sin has been fulfilled in the
death of Christ. If anyone goes to hell it is only because every possible mercy from God
has been rejected by that individual.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other
name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved (Acts
The universal message is God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son. However, no one is saved by that universal message alone.
Because God so loved the world and He gave His only begotten Son,
anyone who believes in Him can be saved today.
The great invitation of a loving God is for all to believe on Christ
today and be saved. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to
repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
God has provided all
that the sinner can possibly need. Jesus said, He that believes on Me has
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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