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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, April 04, 2010

2 Corinthians 5:21

"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

A wonderful passage, beautiful in its succinct, grave and profound encapsulation of the entire purpose and message of the cross. It makes no pardon, provides no reasoning, just simply states the fact of the work of Jesus Christ in reconciling the world to God.

In this passage we find all the great Churchinese language developed, words like 'imputation', 'substitution', 'propitiation', 'righteousness', 'justification', all of which have little or no meaning to anyone who is unwilling to believe that there is a problem with their lives, the world or anything else. If there is no recognition of any enmity between man and God, then these words are mute. If there is no recognition of a God then these words are reticent.

In this passage we may lay hold of a single truth; God acted, on the behalf of man, for no other reason than to reconcile, repair, restore man to a place or position which would allow man to have a relationship with Him, God. God acted of His own impulse to express His love. God acted because He is able. God loses nothing in a quarrel nor gains anything in peace, He is never less God nor more God by taking action. No trade-off has taken place, my obedience for His atoning sacrifice, my promise to abstain for His redemption. The concept of value for value, an equal exchange of goods, in the context of God's payment for sin on the cross is a grotesque misrepresentation of the immeasurable worth of God's Son for the worthless importance of my sin. His actions are motivated by love, not sympathy.'God is love' and any and all of His actions neither refute nor make manifest that truth.

Isaiah 49:8, "In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in that day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages (inheritances); ..."

"Sin is a fundamental relationship; not wrong-doing, it is wrong-being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God." Jesus Christ did not deal with sins, He dealt with sin, the heredity of sin, which cannot be touched upon by any other than God. He bore sin by identification and became the representative of the aggregate sin of all men, past, present and future. In this capacity Christ dealt with the punishment due sin, all sin confessed, and allowed by reception of God's forgiveness the ability to be rehabilitated and restored to a right relationship (righteous, deserving) with God. This is salvation, God doing what only God can do, apart from the discord created by language and the nuance of words, in, by, for and through Him.

"Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." 

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