1st Cor. 1:17- "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect."
This last phrase emphasizes the fact that "if the Gospel of Christ" is not preached correctly, then the "Cross of Christ" can be rendered in the minds of many, leaving them in unbelief of the Truth, and bringing them to confusion not understanding the true facts of what all Christ accomplished on the Cross. That scenario renders complicated error, and thereby leaves the Full Work on the Cross, essentially, of non-effect. IF one single step, small or great, is left out, then such renders the Cross of Christ of one effect.
There are several units and steps of fulfillment, completion and fully executed major requirement for Christ on the Cross, of which not even a jot or tittle can be omitted. First let us consider that Christ was to fulfill the O.T. Law to a jot and tittle.
We find in John 19:28-30 "After this, Jesus knowing that all things ere now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." This all happened at the end of the 9th hour.
Another way to say this is "at the end of the 6 hours on the Cross." Still another way to say it is "at the end of the 3 hours of darkness." We also notice that He recollected through His perfect memory, all the things that were assigned for Him to execute concerning His Father's Will, and the last thing He must do or say, was "I thirst." This fulfilled the prophecy of Psalms 69:20-21. He then realized that all things were not completed, so He bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Col. 1:20 - "And, having made peace through the blood of Christ, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." Here we learn two more entities of His Required Assignment to execute, that being "Shedding Blood," and "Reconciliation."
Next, we observe another requirement he must execute and that being found in the text--Rom. 3:24 - "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Here we learn that there is a vital objective of "Justification." This justification can only come through his redemption, and redemption requires blood shedding.
As we continue this chain of steps, we now go to Rom. 5:9- we further stress the great importance of "Blood Justification." Much more then,
being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Lastly and yet just as important we finally state that On This Cross, Jesus Christ brought sanctification. 1st Peter 1:2- "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ...
This chain-link scenario was through His Foreknowledge and Jesus Christ stood as a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev. 5:6; 13:8. His blood was the first of these five steps - Redemption requires blood shed; 2ndly, then Atonement comes into play, and He was required to die to satisfy the offended wrath and justice [justification] of God.
Rom. 5:11 - "And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." 1st Cor. 11:25-26-"After the same manner Also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."
So, we must declare that even the Lord's Supper of Bread and Wine emphasizes the required need for His Blood to be remembered, and following the blood shedding was His death. Atonement requires death.
Redemption then is first, then Atonement is second. This must be remembered and preached till he come. There is no discharge in this duty. Now let us line these five steps up in proper order:
1. Redemption which requires blood shedding.
2. Atonement which requires death.
3. Justification in the Eyes of God.
4. Reconciliation in the Triune Godhead
5. Sanctification now exists in the Eyes of the Godhead.
God now sees the elect as Sanctified, holy and pure as the driven snow, as He looks through the blood of His Son, thereby being reconciled, at peace, as His offended wrath is now at bay, as He is not satisfied as all requirements are now in balance with no iniquity or trespass existing The death atonement of His Son finalized His sufferings for all the Elect's Sins in this one perfect offering embracing all that are sanctified.
Hebrews 10:14. This death followed His blood shedding Redemption. All five of these entities are tied directly to the first, which was Redemptive Blood Shedding. Further, I would be totally remiss to not close with this statement - "All of these things happened On the Cross." Now there are some steps that followed, or after His being "On the Cross," but that will be another writing.
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