The significance of Christ’s death for humanity

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”.

He came to give us everlasting or eternal life:

The primary purpose that made Christ to give his life for our sake is not for material gains or to give us material blessings, but to give us everlasting or eternal life if we believe in him.

 

Note that contrary to the opinion of some people that God does not care about the human race and that there is nothing we can do, good or evil that can affect him; God demonstrated his care and love for a perverse, corrupt, wicked and sinful world by giving out in pains his only begotten son as a scapegoat or sacrifice for all our sins.

 

When the bible talks about eternal life, it means God’s kind of quality and rewarding life (ZOE).

Eternal life also means life at its best, having infinite duration characterized by abiding fellowship with God.

It is a life that is imparted into our spirit when we get born again. It is the kind of life that God enjoys. It is a life freed from sin and moral evil. It is a life that lives for God alone, seeking to abide and serve him in total devotion and surrender always.

 

Eternal life as a present and future reality                                                                                                         John 3:36   “He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the son shall not see life but the wrath of God abideth on him”.

This scripture makes us understand that upon believing on the son of God (Jesus Christ) we have eternal life already. If we do not believe, the wrath (condemnation) of God is already upon us. This all happens in the present. There must be a deposit or a link of either eternal life or destruction in us to warrant its place of continuity in heaven or hell fire after this age.

Nobody will go to hell or heaven by accident. It all starts from the choices we make here.

 

He came to reconcile us with God the father (Jehovah)

2 Corinthians 5:18 “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”.

We were formerly enemies with God, however Christ shew up in the scene through God’s providence and reconciled us back to God. He made peace between us and God. Consequently, former enemies re-establishing a father-son relationship again.

 

He came to address the universal problem of sin:

Romans 3:23-24 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”.

 All here means everybody living on the planet earth. We all have sinned and have fall short or missed the target or God’s purpose for our life. There is a glory God must receive from our lives at every point in time. There is also a purpose for our existence here on earth. The reason why God made us can be defeated by sin.

 

Sin could be defined as attitudes, words, thoughts and actions through which humans turn against God, miss his purpose for their life, and submit to the influence of evil instead of God. It is a universal problem plaguing the human race. Sin is the root cause of all human problems: within one’s self, in the family and the society.

 Another name for sin is rebellion. Adam and Eve were the first humans that rebelled, disobeyed or sinned against God. Since then, Adam and his descendants inherited sin in their nature, having uncontrollable and insatiable desire for evil and wickedness.

Cain in the bible never knew that in his corrupt nature that ‘envy,’ ‘murder’ and ‘lies’ were part of him, until a circumstance that warranted their operation showed up. Abel, by faith offered a better sacrifice than Cain his brother and what happened?  

Some people, because they are not born again, may not know they can kill or become fetish or diabolic tomorrow until circumstance proves so. They will have no choice but to accept Satan’s destiny for their lives thereby acting accordingly. That is the nature we all inherited as a result of sin.

Satan tries his best to show us what we stand to gain each time we sin in order to keep us sinning. This has made sin to be rebranded with so many captivating and appealing names like: sexy car, sexy babe, sexy moves, sexy dance, Catching some fun, cooling off, enjoy yourself, rock your world etc. Satan tries as much as he could, to downplay the seriousness or gravity and destructive effect of sin, especially how disdainful God views it. It grieves God’s heart. This is the reason he sent his son to die and take care of our sin problem.

 Genesis 6:5-6 “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on earth had become, and that every inclination of the thought of his heart was only evil all the time. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”

This eventually made God to grieve in pains. Thus, God regretted in making man.

Even in this estate, man was unable, no matter how hard he tries, to save or help himself. Sin gives our enemy the devil an upper hand in our lives to choose or manipulate our destiny thereby controlling the outcome of our lives and circumstances.

Sin is also a breach of the covenant we have with God (Broken covenant)

God made a covenant with the nation of Israel. They were to be bound by this covenant. This covenant was made manifest through the LAW as a standard of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Any violation of these set of given LAWS is viewed as SIN. Therefore whoever keeps the law is righteous. Anyone who does not keep the law is not righteous, therefore sinful (Deuteronomy 6:24-25). Sin is also viewed as the violation of the righteous nature of God. He is righteous and holy. He therefore sets a standard for his people, righteousness like that of his.

 

He came to justify us freely:

By function of our faith in the blood of Christ, we fully receive justification from all our sins. Hence, having no need to be punished of them because we have been redeemed from them.

Justification means ‘a good reason for explaining something’. The blood of Jesus was atonement for sin and explains why punishment won’t be meted out for our past sin.

 

Justification in this context does not mean a cover up or an excuse to commit sin.

Justification does not mean the right, permission or license to commit sin believing Christ has paid it all. That is the doctrine from the pit of hell meant to deceive and destroy souls in hell fire.

 

Justification, for more emphasis, means Christ’s overlook of our past sin, taking them to have been committed in error or in ignorance. He forgives and justify us based on our faith in his blood that was shed.

 

It is quite pathetic that many people quote Romans 3:23 without quoting verse 24-26

… (We) are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he left the sins committed beforehand unpunished. He did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus”.

 

All have sinned granted. But God did not leave us there like that. A solution was proffered. That is what we just read now.

 

Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil and darkness in our lives

1 John 3:8 “He that commiteth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. FOR THIS PURPOSE THE SON OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED, THAT HE MAY DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL”.

 

 Jesus came also to destroy the works of Satan operating in our lives. He came to destroy the powers and forces of darkness that is keeping us from serving God and living a fruitful life of victory.

There are foundational, spiritual and environmental forces fighting with full force to stop us from prospering spiritually, mentally, health wise and also in our career and life expectancy.

This is what Christ came to address in our life. He came to destroy the work of Satan, sin, sickness and demonic manipulations in our life.

 

Colossians 2:14-15  “Blotting out the ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; And having spoiled principalities and power, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it”.

So as a Christian Satan, sin and sickness is not permitted to operate in your life because Christ has given you victory over them.

 

 He came to redeem us from the curse of the law

Deuteronomy 28:15 “However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all of these curses will come upon you and overtake you”:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

As a result of sinful nature we were not able to keep the law of God, therefore curses upon curses were pronounced on us. These curses because of sin have several terrible effects on us humans before we came to Christ.  

Glory be to God, Christ came and finally set us free from them.

Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree”.”

 

He came to destroy death and the fear of death

Hebrew 2:14-16 “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil-and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps but Abraham’s descendant”.

 Christ came to destroy the power of untimely death and fear of death plaguing the human race today. Note that if you are in Christ, you are a descendant of Abraham, hence a beneficiary of every promise made to Abraham (Galatians 3:29).

He came to heal our bodies of sickness

1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; BY HIS WOUNDS YOU HAVE BEEN HEALED”.

 

He came that we might become rich

2Corithians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor so that you through his poverty might become rich”.

 

 A true minister of God has the capacity to make people rich through impartation of knowledge, prayers and impartation of grace as demonstrated by Paul the apostle in 2 Corinthians 6:10 “Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; POOR, YET MAKING MANY RICH…”

 

He came to restore our place with God and inheritance with the saints

Eph:1:11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph:1:14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Eph:1:18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph:5:5: For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Col:1:12: Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Col:3:24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

 

 

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