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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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04/11/2017

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The Price Paid


"Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?" (Lk.24:26). "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live righteously; by His wounds you have been healed" (I Pet.2:24).

The scriptures clearly tell us that in Christ's death He paid the price for sin and offered to man a way to escape. The apostle Peter says it in today's verse, and Paul states it this way; "Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures" (I Cor.15:3). "In whom we have we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Eph.1:7). In this plan, God's law was honored and man was redeemed. Here's the real deal... Only Christ could qualify as man's redeemer. For man to be redeemed, the substitute for guilty man (that's us) must be as sinless and noble as man was before he first sinned... For a while, a sacrificed animal would do, but it was not valuable enough to be a redeemer. At best, the offering of an animal was but a faint acknowledgment of a huge debt ---- "but those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins" (Heb.10:3). Adam was a representative of the whole human race, and so was Christ. Adam's rebellion was voluntary. He chose while he had unimpaired use of all his facilities. Likewise, the obedience of Christ was voluntary, with unimpaired facilities. "No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and the authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father" (Jn.10:17-18). A redeemer must be the rightful owner of the price he gives. Jesus was the only son of man who owned his life independently. He had life in Himself, even as the Father. It was necessary for Jesus to die for us, and we all know the reason why.... More tomorrow...

Have a wonderful day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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