Memory Verse: Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…”
Prayer: For the lost that attend our church, that they might be saved.
Key Verses: Isa. 53:10-12; Acts 20:28; Jn. 10:11-18; Eph. 2:13; Col. 1:14; Heb. 9:11-15,22,28; 10:10-14.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Heb. 10:19). This doctrine is of utmost importance because it is the one thing that makes the difference in man’s sins being taken away or retained unto him, for “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Heb. 9:22). True and false religion is manifest by the view taken of the blood atonement. Modernism is offended by this doctrine and rejects it in favor of human evolution toward God-likeness. Others substitute the efficacy of water, works, human will, church membership, etc., for the saving efficacy of the blood of Christ for sinful man. “Atonement” means the state of being at one with a person from whom one was formerly alienated. It is the same as “reconciliation,” for the same Greek word is rendered “atonement,” Rom. 5:11, “reconciling”, Rom. 11:15, and “reconciliation” in 2Cor. 5:18-19. Check Lev. 16, 17 for an O.T. application of blood atonement (reconciliation) to individual believers. The atonement is the application of the blood, and it always results in forgiveness of sins for those for whom it was made.
Looking again at our first verse, Galatians 3:13, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…,” we look at the definition of the word “redeem.” Redeem means to buy back, to liberate from payment, ransom, to release from blame or debt, to free from the bondage of sin, to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby. Now - if we are redeemed, and Gal. 3:13 says we are, then all our sins are paid for, for that is what redeem means. And they were paid for at Calvary.
We already read Heb: 10:19, but let’s look at verse 18. “Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” Now, remission means, to release from the guilt or penalty of (sins). So the Lord Jesus Christ had to have died for all our sins. All of them for they are remitted and there is no more offering for sin.
When studying and discussing “remission,” “redemption,” and “atonement, the question often comes up, “for whom did Christ die.” Logically there are only four possibilities for the atonement. Jesus Christ died for:
1. Some of the sins of some of the people.
2. Some of the sins of all of the people.
3. All of the sins of Some of the people.
4. All of the sins of all of the people.
There are no other possible scenarios I know of. If you know of one, please let me know.
Numbers one and two have the same problem, some sins have not been paid for; and God demands that sin be paid for. Who must pay for them? The sinner? But how can he?
Number four would have everyone be saved, and we know they are not. That leaves number three which will stand the test of scripture; John 5-10; especially John 10:11,14-15, 26-29.
When you consider your salvation - was there a supernatural force that influenced you to want to be saved, or did you suddenly or gradually come to the desire to be saved entirely of your own free will? In other words, what caused you to differ from another who heard the same witness that you heard? (See: How Spurgeon Learned of Grace)
We believe that the lost sinner is depraved in nature and already under just condemnation; that he is by nature alien to God and because of sin condemned to die (Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:12). Men are sinners because of their natures, not just because of their acts. Men’s sinful acts will continue as long as his nature is unchanged. When one dies to sin, he will be freed from its power, but this is accomplished only through the atoning blood of Christ. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”, Rom. 5:8 (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:6; 2Cor. 5:21). Knowing that Christ died to put away sin, you are urged to take the place of a sinner, and simply receive Christ as your saviour (Jn. 1:12).
We believe that atonement for sin was effected through the mediatorial office of the Son, Who by divine appointment, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin (1Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 2:17). All of the bloody sacrifices of the O.T. times were mere types and figures, foreshadowing the one great final sacrifice of Christ which would finally and forever sanctify sinners (Heb. 10:10-14). Down through the centuries, and even continuing today, men have sought for some way to dispose of sin and to have peace of mind. Don’t trust in a false peace or a false church. Christ alone, as the God-man, is able to mediate between God and man, and he was divinely appointed to this office (Jn. 10:17-18, 17:2-4; Phil. 2:5-8). It was necessary for the Son of God to also become the Son of man - be made in the likeness of sinful man - in order that he might understand man’s needs by actual experience and so be able to succor them (Heb. 2:17-18).
· God the Father loves sinners so much that He sent Jesus to die for them.
· Jesus loved sinners so much that He laid down his life for their redemption.
· The Holy Spirit loves sinners so much that He has written a record of God’s manifested love to them in Jesus Christ, and He Himself has come down in person, to reveal that love to their souls, that they may be saved.
In this work, there is “Unity in the Trinity” (I. D. Riddick).
We believe that Christ, through obedience during His earthly walk, personally honored the divine law by keeping it, and, through His death on the cross, actually satisfied the penalty of the offended Law by suffering in the sinner’s stead (Matt. 5:17-18; I Pet. 2:24). A perfect earthly walk was necessary for Christ, in order to show His fitness to be the sacrificial Lamb. His keeping the law as a man, not only showed what man could have done had he not sinned, but it also put every person under condemnation for not keeping it, which was God’s revealed will for man. Christ not only lived a perfect life but he went on to voluntarily submit to the cross so that by His death as an innocent victim, and as a substitute for man, he could satisfy the penalty of the broken law, and enable the Father to justify sinners without outraging justice (Isa. 53:10-12). See also Rom. 8:31-34.
We believe that Christ, through His obedience and sacrificial death, made full and vicarious atonement for all sin; that he died, the just for the unjust, bearing the sins of the elect in His body on the tree (Heb. 10:10-12; I Pet. 3:18). “Vicarious” means to take the place of another, to be a substitute. What Christ endured on the cross was the equivalent to all that God’s elect would ever have suffered had they personally gone to hell. That Christ’s suffering was not for those who will never trust Him is obvious from the fact that they are punished for all their sins when they are cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15). Christ’s atonement was not for the devil and unbelievers as we see from Matt. 25:41.
Similar to what I said earlier…John Owen, vice chancellor of Oxford University, proposed a dilemma to the Universalists of his day –
God imposed His wrath due unto, and Christ underwent punishment for, either all the sins of all men, or all the sins of some men, or some of the sins of all men. To which case it may be said: That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so none are saved. That if the second be true, then Christ, in their stead suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth. But if the first be the case, why are not all men free from the punishment due unto their sins? You answer, because of unbelief; I ask, is this unbelief a sin or is it not? If it be, then Christ suffered the punishment due unto it or he did not. If he did, why must that hinder them more than their other sins for which he died? If he did not, He did not die for all their sins! Let them choose which part they will.
We also believe that Christ through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary, evidenced eternal provision for cleansing, for pardon, for peace and for rest - (Rev. 1:5; Isa. 55:7; Jn. 14:27; Matt. 11:28; 1Jn. 1:7; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:22). The secret of all blessings lies in the blood of God’s sacrificial lamb (Lev. 17:11; Jn. 1:29). Only out of Christ’s perfect atonement for the elect can come cleansing of sin, pardon of the penalty, peace with God and rest of soul. The substitution of anything else than the pure blood of the Lamb is an affront to God, and incurs guilt instead of forgiveness. Little wonder that Satan and his minions so hate the precious blood of the lord Jesus Christ and every soul to which it has been applied.
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow, That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.