How could Christ’s death pay the penalty for the sins of all people?

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Christ’s death was more than sufficient to pay for the penalty of the sins of all people simply because He is the Creator of all. All the lives of created beings – past, present, future, are all dependent on the One life of the Creator “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16). Christ is the center, the source, and the sphere, in which creation originated.

If Christ was merely a created being, then, His life could atone for just one life (Exodus 21:23;Leviticus 17:11). But being the Creator, Christ’s death could atone for all humanity “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).

Not only did atonement have to be made by the One whose life could stand for all other created beings (Romans 5:17), but the One who died had to be able to rise from death “I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus here declares Himself to be the Life-giver. In Him is life, original, unborrowed, underived. Christ conquered death. Therefore, he who receives Him receives life (1 John 5:11, 12) and is assured of a future resurrection to eternal life (1 Cor. 15:51–55; 1 Thess. 4:16).

Christ’s death for the entire human race was made possible by the Father (2 Cor. 5:14, 15; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2). And now the offer of salvation is freely offered to all men (Matt. 11:28, 29; Mark 16:15; John 7:37; Rev. 22:17). Thus, provision has been made to meet all the evils of Adam’s fall, a provision as extensive in its life saving as is the death caused by sin.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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