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of Obedience and Regeneration
Study: Gentiles and the Law
How Jesus' Death Redeemed Us
Removal of Condemnation (Part 1)
Removal of Condemnation (Part 2)
Introduction of Obedience and Regeneration
from the Carnal Mind
How does Jesus' physical death redeem us?
2. Jesus death introduces obedience and the regenerative
work manifest in his resurrection.
Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences,
and was raised again for our justification.
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his
blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.10 For if,
when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the
death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall
be saved by his life.
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised
up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies
by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also
we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so,
but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience,
hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God
is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given
unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time
Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous
man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would
even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall
be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were
enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,
much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world,
and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that
all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the
world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless
death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had
not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression,
who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the
offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence
of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift
by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded
unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so
is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation,
but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much
more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift
of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all
men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one
the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners,
so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.
But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That
as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your
sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened
together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against
us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his cross;
I Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that
he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is
no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection
of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be
not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also
vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because
we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he
raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if
the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ
be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of
all men most miserable. 20 But now is Christ risen from
the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection
of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in
Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in
his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that
are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when
he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;
when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and
power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies
under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed
I Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of
the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown
in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural
body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body,
and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The
first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made
a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which
is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that
which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy:
the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy,
such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly,
such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne
the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the
heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption
inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery;
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that
is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death,
where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The
sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven;
from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus
Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may
be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to
the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto
Hebrews 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself
often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place
every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often
have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once
in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin
by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ
was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto
II Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith,
according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have
I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing
that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us
also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
I Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be
ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that
ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if
we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also
which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this
we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are
alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent
them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall
rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall
be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The pattern for how we are redeemed is found in the pattern
by which we became dead in sin. Sin and death were not native
to the earth. Sin and death were introduced to mankind through
the sin of one man. In the same way, righteousness and resurrection
life had to be introduced through the obedience of one man.
But why did Jesus have to die? Simply put, because resurrection
is something that happens to the dead, not the living. If
Jesus had not died, there would be no need to resurrect him
and resurrection would not have been introduced to the earth.
This follows the same pattern by which sin and death entered
And why did Jesus have to be completely without sin? Because,
any sin would condemn him to die and therefore prohibit his
resurrection. So he had to die physically and die sinless
in order for God to introduce resurrection and righteousness
to the sinful world.
Our sin required our physical deaths, therefore our redemption
would required our physical resurrection. For our resurrection
to be possible, God had to introduce resurrection to the earth.
To do this required the death of a righteous man since a sinful
man or a living man could not be resurrected. Jesus Christ
was that righteous man. And through his righteousness, death,
and resurrection God introduced righteousness and resurrection
to a sinful, dying world.
Now that God, through Jesus, has introduced resurrection into
the world, we know that just as in Adam all men die (Romans
5:12), through Christ all men will be resurrected (Revelation
20:4-6, 12-15). But since all men are resurrected and so redeemed
from death why are not all men resurrected unto eternal life?
Why doesn't resurrection guarantee eternal life? It is because,
as we stated in the beginning of this study, physical death
isn't the only consequence of sin. Spiritual separation from
God is also a result of our sin. And though resurrection repeals
physical death as a consequence for sin it does not resolve
the spiritual separation, the enmity that exists between God
and man. For that, Christ's death was needed as well as we
will demonstrate in the next section.