Signed In Blood

Mar 11, 2016 1915

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men (Romans 5:10,18, RSV).

How few, even of professing Christians, understand these words! These verses clearly affirm that the atonement of Christ restored the whole human race to favor with God. Christ is our peace, having broken down the wall between God and humanity. By his own blood Christ signed the ransom papers for the race. Unlike most of the panaceas offered to humanity this one has to do not with a subjective experience but an objective reality: salvation was accomplished historically, outside of, and independent of ourselves. And the gospel is the glad word of that event.

Calvary is of sin the double cure. It takes away both sin’s guilt and power. The revelation of the atoning God breaks the believer’s heart, emancipating it from the bondage of self-centered existence. Looking on the cross the believer sees the holiness of God, and repents; sees the love of God and believes; sees the power of God and is born again.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32 (From “First of All: 1 Cor 15:3.”)

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