– Jide Lawal
The Efficacy of His Death
1 Corinthians 15 (KJ2000)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and in which you stand;
2 By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
The most important idea in the message of the gospel is that “Christ died for our sins, …and that He was buried, and rose again”. Well, we have seen from the Scriptures that Christ’s death was necessary, and we have seen that it was real. In this post, we will start to consider the efficacy of Christ’s death and resurrection.
the ability to produce a desired or intended result (noun)
Did the death and the resurrection of Christ achieve the desired or intended result? You bet!
Regeneration – Christ’s Sacrifice Produced a New Creature
1 Peter 1 (KJ2000)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,
2 Corinthians 5 (KJ2000)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We were not God’s friends. We were His enemies in our minds by wicked works. We were alienated and estranged from Him. We were by nature the children of wrath. God finished the old creation and called everything He had made “good”, but Adam’s sin introduced corruption into it.
But because Christ died and rose again, we are now regenerated. We’re no longer strangers and foreigners. We’re now a part of His family. We’re now His sons. We’re now heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Our identity is now that of a new man created in righteousness and true holiness. Our new nature is righteous and holy, our new walk is expected to be righteous and holy.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Who were born… of God.
1 John 3 (KJ2000)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, you are a child of God now. You will never be more of a child of God at any time in the future than you are now. You are the child He loves. He loves you so much that if all the world were righteous and you were the only one who needed salvation, Christ would still have died for you.
John 17 (KJ2000)
23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.
Continue in grace!