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The Plan of Redemption

In Redemption on April 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

The angels of heaven were deeply interested in the work of creation as it progressed from day to day. When the first week of earthly time was finished and the completed beauty of the new world was seen, “The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 38 : 7) But all was changed at the fall. Man had broken his allegiance to his Creator. The earth and the human family had fallen into the hands of Satan and the rebel host, which had been so recently driven from heaven. Angel songs of joy were hushed, and sorrow filled heaven. The results of the sin of Adam and Eve could not be mistaken or overlooked. Through the fall, man lost dominion over the earth, which had been given him at creation. This dominion was usurped by Satan, and the earth and its inhabitants were lost to the loyal universe of God. Satan had secured a kingdom for himself, and unless it were redeemed through the infinite mercy of God, and wrested from the usurper, he would retain it forever.

The heart of the Son of God was touched with pity for fallen man. He knew the malignity which had taken possession of Satan and his rebel host. He knew the woe and suffering that would be the lot of the human race. He knew the depths of sorrow and degradation which the power of evil would bring upon the human family.  But by infinite love a plan had been devised by which man should be redeemed and the lost earth returned to its place in the moral universe of God.  Man had broken the command of God, and stood convicted as a sinner. There was but one penalty for sin,—“The wages of sin is death.” There was but One in all the universe who could satisfy the claims of the law, and rescue the race from its impending doom. The Son of God, who was equal with His Father, the Author of law, would take upon Himself the guilt of the world, and pay the penalty of death in man’s behalf.  The immutability of every precept of God’s law is emphasized by this dire necessity of the sacrifice of Christ. Could that law have been changed, the Son of God need not have died, for then man might have been saved without such an infinite sacrifice.  Christ was to be subjected to a life of sorrow, suffering, and humiliation, and to a death of shame, that God’s law might stand vindicated before the entire universe.  In becoming a man, Christ took upon Himself the awful liability of eternal loss as other men must take it. Day by day He was “in all points tempted like as we are.” (Hebrews 4:15) If there was no danger of failure and loss, there could be no temptation, for He would be beyond it. The very temptations He met and so successfully resisted gave Him experience in the life of man,  and prepared Him “to succor them that  are tempted.” (Heb. 2:18) Paul says, ”Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Heb. 5:8) “For God so loved the world, that He  gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but  have everlasting life.” (John 3 : 16) What wonderful love! Truly, the love of God “passeth understanding.”

Christ did not come to earth in His own divine strength. He left this when He came as a babe in the manger. But, guarded and guided by power from on high, as every human being can be guarded and guided, He lived a life of simple purity such as no other being has lived upon earth, and thus became our perfect example.  God was with His Son in every act of His earthly life, and in His ministry on earth.   Jesus represented the Father to the world. Paul, explaining His mission, says, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.”( 2 Cor. 5:19) Man had become “alienated from the life of God” through sin, aid the mission of Christ was to bring him back to a reconciliation with his Creator.

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