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- Dr Desmond Ford
Jun 10, 2016 781
‘We are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died’ (2 Cor 5:14)
When our Lord Jesus Christ was baptised, he was baptised for the whole world. He confessed for the whole world. He was penitent for the whole world. Everything our Lord did was representative. There is not a private act of Christ’s in the book. Everything he did has an infinite significance and an infinite depth. The essence of the gospel is that it represents him as representing the world.
God dealt with us on the basis of representation.
Adam represented the human race. If Adam had been a victorious overcomer, so would all his successors have been. His children, his grandchildren. You and I would have been, because he represented us.
But Adam failed. He threw us all into the Jordan. We were ruined on the principle of representation.
Through Jesus, we are saved on the principle of representation. Please note, 2 Corinthians 5:14 does not say, ‘If one died for all, everybody need not die.’ If it was only the principle of substitution, that is what it would say.
Never forget. You died on the cross of Calvary in your representative, Jesus.