The Completeness of our Redemption
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto Salvation
unto every one that believeth.
The Word of God presents the way to receive this Salvation
so clearly that anyone will be able to understand how to receive
it. Yet this way, as taught by many teachers, is made so intricate
that even those who have understanding in the Word of God
are hindered in embracing the fullness of this marvelous Salvation.
This is true, not only concerning the initial experience of
sins forgiven, but also in an on-going spiritual experience
by which we are enabled to live the life.
Many come in touch with God and are saved as they search
through these confusing teachings for the way to Salvation.
Because of this, even after being born again and having the
assurance in their hearts that they are saved, these are unable
to tell how they came into this blessed experience. Neither
are they able to point out to another seeking soul the path
over which they traveled, as they passed out of darkness into
light, out of death into life, and out of a lost condition
into Salvation in Christ.
It is not the will of God that His children should be thus
in ignorance and bewilderment when He has provided a Gospel
that is so simple, that even a child can understand it and
live it by the grace of God.
The whole Gospel, as revealed to and taught by the Apostle
Paul is embraced in I Cor 15:1-4. "Moreover, brethren,
I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which
also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also
ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you
first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was
buried, and that he rose again the third day according to
The Holy Spirit repeats the words, "According to the
Scriptures" twice. This implies a warning, lest we add
to or take from that which the Scriptures set forth as the
truth of the Gospel. The Lord made known to Paul, by revelation,
the Gospel of His Son. Paul told the Corinthians that he delivered
to them only that which he had received. In Galatians, he
declares that he did not receive it from man, but that it
came to him through the revelation of Jesus Christ. He added
nothing to it and he took nothing from it.
We will do well to take heed, lest we add to or take from
the Gospel; lest we wrest it to fit our experiences or our
own ideas, and not give it forth as recorded in the Scriptures.
"Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised
again for our justification" Romans 4:25. The far-reaching
depth of meaning in the word "Justification" has
been so misunderstood that the significance of what it stands
for and embraces has been lost. Some teach that Justification
is an initiative work of grace which deals only with the outward
sins and transgressions, and leaves the sinful nature to be
dealt with in another way.
If we inquire prayerfully into the foundational meaning
of the word "justify" we find that the literal translation
is "to make just, righteous innocent". To be justified
is to be released, or made free from. By not losing sight
of the significance of this word "justify," we will
receive much light upon the passages of Scripture which set
forth the act of the "Justification" of man by God.
We will begin to comprehend the all-embracing work that God
does, when He justifies a man.
God never justifies sin, or the "Adamic nature".
From the time of the transgression of Adam and Eve, condemnation
rested upon the "old man" and he was sentenced to
death. If God could justify him, then Christ's death was in
vain; but this could not be, and only through the Work of
Christ upon the Cross was a way opened by which the body of
sin might be done away, and man could find peace with God.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ" Rom 5:1.
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for
it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be"
Romans 8:7. Hence it is clearly manifest that before we can
have peace with God, the sinful nature must be done away with,
in that it is enmity against God and cannot have peace with
God. Thus we see that for God to justify a man means nothing
less than the death of the "old man".
"Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with
Him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should
be no longer in bondage to sin" Romans6:6. It was for
the very purpose of doing away with the body of sin, with
the sinful nature, that our Lord died upon the cross as our
substitute. For in Salvation, as in all other things, God
always works upon the inside first. He works from the inside
out, and never from the outside in. God's work is always an
inner working, while man is always doing an outward work.
In the death of His Son as our substitute, God struck at
the very root of all sin and evil in humanity, the Adamic
nature. He destroyed this Adamic nature, from which all sin
and transgression came. In its place, He planted the divine
life of His Son, and we became a new creation in Him.
Through the trespass of the one man, Adam, death and condemnation
reigned through the whole human race. All were under condemnation;
all were under sentence of death; all were sinners and partook
of the sinful nature, the nature which was at enmity against
God and could not be subject to the law o God. Helpless and
lost, man could do nothing. He could not redeem himself, for
he was already under condemnation. Only through a sacrifice
which was without sin, without spot or blemish, could the
human race be redeemed.
"And God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." God
put the whole human race in Christ as He hung upon Calvary.
When man, by faith, believes that he was crucified in Christ,
God makes it real and the sinful nature dies. Not only does
the sinful nature, or the old man, die, but the man becomes
a new creature. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new" 2 Cor 5:17.
Every man is in one of two conditions. He is either "in"
Christ, or he is "out" of Christ. He is either saved,
or he is lost. He is either free from condemnation, or he
is under condemnation. If a man has been crucified with Christ,
he is in Christ and the sinful nature has been done away.
In the place of the "sinful nature" which he inherited
from Adam, he has been made a partaker of the "divine
nature". He is a new creature; old things have passed
away and all things have become new. Not SOME things have
become new, but ALL things have become new. He is free from
condemnation and has peace with God.
He cannot be in Christ and in Adam at the same time. He
cannot be in the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness
at the same time. He cannot have the Spirit of Christ and
the sinful Adamic nature in him at the same time: for condemnation
is upon the Adamic nature, but freedom from condemnation is
upon the new nature which is from Jesus Christ. A man cannot
be under condemnation and free from condemnation at the same
What rich Grace we have received. What a goodly foundation
has been laid under the path that leads to spiritual maturity.
To every honest, humble heart God is ready to open His Word
and make known the completeness of this marvelous redemption
which we have received.