Christ Is Our Obedience
It is both reasonable and Biblical that anyone going to heaven must be without sin.
“The soul that sinneth it shall die.”
Since sin is the “transgression of the law” and the “wages of sin is death” (1 John 3:4 and Romans 6:23) and “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” a poor feeling sinner cannot help but think: “Who, Lord, then can be saved?” And the answer to that question by our Lord on another occasion is good here also.
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
It is right here that a convicted sinner often falters. “If I must be sinless, or if I must be holy, then there cannot be any hope for such as I.” How long, and how often God’s children are plagued by this condition. Yet, when the apostle set forth the reason for divine election in Ephesians 1:4, he gave the reason “that we be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Not that we become holy and without blame; but be such “before Him,” or in His sight. In our nature, we know we are not holy nor without blame. So, simply put, in some way God must deal with our violations of His law. He must find a way to “be just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26).
Now the sweet mercy of God led the apostle Paul to deal specifically with that problem, hence it is a basic aspect of the Gospel.
“Wherefore, as by one man (meaning Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.”
This point a feeling sinner can easily understand. But look what mercy applies to such sinners:
“Therefore as by the offense of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (meaning Christ) the free gift came upon all (whom He represented) men unto justification.”
Now watch what he says about our obedience.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (meaning Christ) shall many be made righteous.”
Adam disobeyed God and all of his offspring yet in him were made sinners. So also, Christ obeyed the law to its jot and tittle and all in Him by divine election and seed substance are counted to have obeyed also!
That is good news isn’t it?
That is how He “made us holy and without blame before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:2-6).
Since we ourselves have not been perfectly obedient, God ordained that Christ be the obedience for all His elect children.
Isn’t that pure grace?
“The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When this is given to us to see and believe, it is surely the Gospel, or glad tidings to our souls.
By Stanley C. Phillips