Christ died for our sins – What does this really mean?
All Christian groups subscribe to the view that the death of Jesus concerns the forgiveness of sin.
This talk examines the reason why men and women need salvation from sin.
Firstly explaining that sin is that which is contrary to the righteousness of God 1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin. The proof of the flawed position of human kind is that all are subject to death. The Bible explains that this is a result of Adam’s sin, which then affected all of Adam’s children. Adam’s children are children of flesh and the Bible is clear - sin is in the flesh. For the Apostle Paul wrote” In me (that is in my flesh) dwells no good thing”, and he also writes of “the law of sin which is in my members” (Romans 7:18,23).
Salvation for Adam’s children would require the cycle of sin and death to be broken, by a child of Adam overcoming sin in his flesh. Jesus was the Son of God, however he was born of a woman who shared the mortal weakness of all of Adam’s children” When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law”(Galatians 4:4)
God sent forth his Son, and the Bible explains:-
- Jesus was a partaker of flesh and blood just like all children of Adam,
- Although sin took hold of the nature of Jesus it did not take hold of his character.
- He was morally sinless.
- Temptation came but he fought and won the battle, never yielding to the promptings of the flesh.
- Why was Jesus able to do this but we can’t?
- Because God was his Father (Luke 1:34-35).
- From his Father Jesus inherited his ability to overcome - he was the man “made strong” (Psalm 80:15,17).
- Although His divine parentage made it possible for Jesus to overcome sin, it did not make success inevitable, to say otherwise would be to diminish the Lord’s sacrifice.
Thus in his death Jesus represented Adam’s children, and God in his grace will accept the death of Jesus as a covering for our sins if we believe on him.
The proof that salvation has been secured is the resurrection of Jesus who was delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification Romans 4:25