Evidence that Demands Our Faith
How do I know that God has fully accepted the death of Jesus
Christ as payment for my sins?
When Jesus died, He died as my representative, and I died in
Him; when He rose, He rose as my representative, and I rose in Him. . . . I look at the
cross of Christ, and I know that atonement has been made for my sins; I look at the open
sepulcher and the risen and ascended Lord, and I know that the atonement has been
accepted. There no longer remains a single sin on me, no matter how many or how great my
sins may have been. My sins may have been as high as the mountains, but in the light of
the resurrection the atonement that covers them is as high as heaven. My sins may have
been as deep as the ocean, but in the light of the resurrection the atonement that
swallows them up is as deep as eternity (R. A. Torrey, The Bible and Its Cross, pp. 107-08).
The resurrection of Jesus
Christ is the proof that the LORD God has accepted the full payment for our sins in the
death of His Son. God is fully and completely satisfied with the atoning work Jesus did on
the cross for my sins because He raised Him from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus
Christ proves that every believer in Christ is justified by faith, and cleansed by His
blood of all their sins (Heb. 12:1-2; Phil. 2:8-11). It is the evidence from God Himself that the penalty for our sins
has been paid in full by the death of Jesus Christ. By the resurrection of Jesus from the
dead God declared that He has accepted the death of Jesus as an atonement for our sins.
Do you believe in Him
who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead? (Romans 4:24). Jesus was delivered up
because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification (v. 25).
God the Father sent Jesus to the cross to die for our sins (Acts 2:23), and God
raised Him up again (v. 24). This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are
all witnesses, declared Peter (v. 32). The death of Jesus Christ was according to
Gods determined plan to accomplish our redemption. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of
God slain from the creation of the world (Rev. 13:8).
Moreover, Jesus deliberately
chose to die as our substitute. He died for our sins. He died in our place on
the cross as our sins-bearer.
The fact that we are sinners
is proof that we deserve to die. The wages of sin is death. We deserve eternal
damnation, but Jesus was delivered up by His Father for our transgressions. He was
crucified for our sins. I deserve Hell, but Jesus took my Hell and served the sentence of
death in my place (Rom. 5:6, 8). We have redemption through His death (1
How do we know this as a
fact? Why should we put our trust in His death? How can we know for sure that the death of
Jesus Christ is all-sufficient to cover all our sins? He was delivered up because of
our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. That is all the
proof I need. The resurrection is Gods proof that He accepted the death of Jesus in
my place. Because Jesus is alive I know beyond a doubt that a full payment for my sins has
Such evidence as this
demands that we respond to God by faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9-10,
13). It was by His substitutionary,
vicarious death that Jesus turned the wrath of God aside and became the basis upon which
God is able to justify the sinner who believes.
having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we
stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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