Thursday, August 23, 2007
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS OF CHRIST?
What are your thoughts concerning both the person (WHO HE IS) and the work (WHAT HE ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED) of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Was Christ’s perfect life of obedience to every “jot and tittle” of God’s law only God’s method of revealing to sinful men how they should live in order to gain or maintain eternal life, or was Christ’s perfect obedience for the express purpose of establishing the righteousness required from all who enter into God’s holy presence?
Was Christ’s death at Calvary merely an attempt by God to place all men in a savable condition if they would fulfill certain conditions, namely faith and morality, or was Christ’s death at Calvary the actual accomplishment in time of the justification of all God’s elect, i.e., all those given to Christ by God the Father in the everlasting covenant of Grace?
The way you answer these two questions reveal the hope of your salvation, and the hope of your salvation reveals the God you are worshipping.
The Scriptures make it clear that all God’s elect children have a high opinion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter wrote: "Unto you therefore which believe He is precious." (1 Peter 2:7)
Think for a moment about those two questions in the opening paragraph. First of all, the Lord Jesus did much more than simply give us an example of how we should live our lives. Matter of fact, if you could live a perfect life, AND YOU CAN’T, it would still do you absolutely no good- “Therefore by the deeds of the law (including a perfect life of obedience) there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)
God cannot and will not lower His standards of perfect obedience. For this reason, He sent His precious Son into this world to perfectly obey the law in thought, word, and deed, for all those elect sinners God the Father chose in Him. Every step Christ took in this life, He didn’t take it as a private person, but as a Representative for His people. All the obedience God required of His elect, Christ fulfilled it in their stead - “For as by one man’s disobedience (Adam) many (all Adam represented) were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Christ) shall many (all Christ represented) be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19)
Secondly, Christ’s death at Calvary wasn’t an attempt to justify sinners if they fulfilled certain conditions, but the actual justification of all God’s elect by way of satisfaction. God required the eternal condemnation and death of all those who sinned, including God’s elect. In the person of His Son at Calvary, God the Father received perfect satisfaction - “The soul that sinneth, IT SHALL DIE.” (Ezekiel 18:20)
When the Lord Jesus cried, “IT IS FINISHED”, He alone drank damnation dry for each and every one of His elect, obtaining for them complete justification. Not one for whom Christ died at Calvary can perish, because they have been made “the righteousness of God in Him.”
In closing, WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST?
By Richard Warmack