Summary: Christ delivered man out of death to the promise of the gift of eternal life yet man thinking he is in the perfection of God's love, sins. However, to sin is an everyday reality of truth---a reality of faith. Truly, temptations----works of the devil challenge our daily thoughts and decisions.
ON POINT, I
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (September 25, 2015)
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith...For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Romans 1:17; Ephesians 2:8, King James Version [God's wrath against sin; By grace are ye saved])
Greetings In The Holy Name Of Jesus, Our Lord And Savior,
My brothers and sisters, there is a point that needs our continued understanding. Therefore, let us discuss ON POINT: Why did Jesus die? Jesus died for the sins of man. What made sins---a sin? The law made sins---a sin.
Is there punishment for sins? According to The Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Romans (6:23, KJV), Paul said, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” According to Apostle John, the author of the fourth gospel, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (St. John 5:24, KJV). However, Apostle John said in The First Epistle General Of John (I John 3:14, KJV): “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”
Howbeit, Apostle John thought not of how the sons of Jacob asked their brother Joseph to forgive them even in The First Book Of Moses, Called Genesis, “So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him” (50:17, KJV). Therefore, the fourth gospel, Apostle John (St. John 1:1, KJV) stated, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Christ Jesus was with God from the beginning, in spirit.
“So, the death of Jesus fulfilled the law---Jesus' death fulfilled the death sentence given to sinners under the law---the Mosaic law. Who gave us the law? Moses received the law from God. In a much better understanding, our ON POINT discussion, brings us to the understanding that Jesus' death paid the debt---the sentence for the transgressions (crimes) of sinners---going back to the fall of Adam. Therefore, Jesus' death fulfilled the law means the blood of the lamb offered up for the death sentence given man fulfilled the same death sentence given to man under the law of Moses [“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:15, 6:10; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; I John 3:5, KJV).
Our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus death served all of mankind, going back to the fall of Adam [“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” (I Peter 3:18, KJV)]. Hence, the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, served to stand to die in order to fulfill all the death sentences of all the sinners [“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin” (I John 3:5, KJV)], going back to the fall of Adam, for Christ Jesus, was holy, is holy, was righteous, is righteous, and the collective payment, that only a God-man could stand to pay, satisfied the collective debt for Israel, for each and all the members of the one body of Israel (the church)---the debt which was a death sentence was paid----to save man [“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (St. Matthew 26:28, KJV)]. With that said, we understand Jesus established the law. For the death of Jesus---which fulfilled the law----the death sentence given to all sinners going back to Adam, let us all know that God's law was in fact, in place, for us all to obey and that there was a
penalty---punishment for sins and that the punishment was death under the law of Moses, which Moses received from God---so the sin is against God [“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” Proverbs 8:36, KJV [Wisdom]) and God demanded a sentence of death for sins against him, for He gave us the laws [“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion... Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth” Romans 9: 15,18, KJV [Paul's sorrow for the Jews; The calling of the Gentiles]. But the mercy of God sent us the second Adam, Christ Jesus, to pay the debt---the death sentence given under the law.