Christ’s Death For The Penalty Of The Sins Of His Own Elect
This aspect of the Gospel is the most familiar of all those listed, and yet strangely, so little truly believed by most people.
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture.”
(I Corinthians 15:3)
Some people recognize what that passage says, and yet do not want to receive the force of it. So they modify it by saying, “Christ died for all our sins except the sin of unbelief.” Now, the text does not teach this, nor could it possibly mean it. It teaches that Christ died for all our sins. Not some of our sins.
If Christ did not include the sin of unbelief in His propitiation, then all men would still have that one sin for which to die!
And who is sufficient for that?
Becoming a believer would not remove the previous sin, and the wages of sin is still death. In such a case as that, no man would be saved.
In the 15th chapter of I Corinthians, Paul sets forth the death, burial, and resurrection as “THE Gospel” itself.
Because everything and everyone Christ died for is included in that great event. The death of Christ is the sacrifice made to God by the Eternal Spirit for our salvation. By it, our sins were “put away as far as the east is from the west” and “He will remember our sins no more.” Paul compared Christ’s death and its effect on His people to Adam’s death and its effect on his offspring, saying:
“For AS in Adam all die, EVEN SO in Christ shall ALL be made alive.”
(I Corinthians 15:22)
That is, as it is true that all that were in Adam’s seed died when he died; so of a truth, all that are in Christ’s seed shall also be made alive. They are in Christ by divine election, not by their decision or works. They “were chosen IN him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4).
As you can see, that choice was made long before two thousand years ago!
By Stanley C. Phillips