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The Death of Christ: "According to the Scriptures"

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The Death of Christ: "According to the Scriptures"

The meaning of the death of Christ is entirely a matter of revelation. There is no other source of interpretation. "Whether as regards the truths it embodies, the principles on which it rests, or the ends to which it is conducive, we have no reliable means of information beyond what God has given us in His Word." "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." The one source is, therefore, the one test to which all interpretations must come. All other fields of inquiry are as the small dust of the balance. "What is written in the Scriptures? How readest thou?"

There is no controversy on the subject within the Scriptures. The witness is one. The Old Testament anticipates and illustrates the New, and the New fulfills and interprets the Old. The apostles were sharply divided on some questions; but their doctrine of the Cross is like the Master's robe, without seam from top to bottom. One of the wonders of the New Testament witness is that the death of Christ was so soon and so completely accepted and proclaimed to be the basis of faith, the substance of the gospel, the center of fellowship, the standard of life, and the badge of discipleship.

I propose to let the Scriptures speak, to quote without comment, in the hope that the Spirit who inspired the Word may interpret and quicken its meaning and message.

Christ Died for Sinners

"For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:14,15).

"And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and gave to them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. And the cup in like manner after supper, saying, This cup is the new convenant in My blood, even that which is poured out for you" (Luke 22:19, 20).

"The bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world" (John 6:51).

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep....I lay down my life for the sheep.

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again" (John 10:11,15,18).

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:6-8).

"He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made [become] the righteousness of God in him" (II Cor. 5:21).

"Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us" (I Thess. 5:9, 10).

"Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God" (I Peter 3:18).

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us" (I John 3:16).

"Christ Died for Our Sins"

"I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures" (I Cor. 15:3).

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.... Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all..... For the transgression of my people was he stricken..... he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" (Isa. 53).

"This is My blood of the covenant, which is shed for many unto remission of sins" (Matt. 26:28).

"He was delivered for our offences" (Rom. 4:25).

"God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (Rom. 8:3).

"Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins" (Gal. 1:3,4).

"This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God" (Heb. 10:12).

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree" (I Peter 2:24).

"Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust" (I Peter 3:18).

"He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world" (I John 2:2).

Christ Died to Redeem

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone: but if it die, it beareth much fruit.... And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Myself. But this He said, signifying by what manner of death He should die" (John 12:24-33).

"Without shedding of blood is no remission" (Heb. 9:22).

"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you.... to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul" (Lev. 17:11).

"For this is My blood of the new covenant which is shed.... for the remission of sins" (Matt. 26:28).

"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past" (Rom. 3:25).

"Grace to you and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil world, according to the will of our God and Father: to whom be the glory for ever and ever" (Gal. 1:3-5).

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7).

"Even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph. 5:25-27; see also Col. 1:20-24).

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time" (I Tim. 2:5, 6; see also Matt. 20:28).

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb. 9:14).

"Ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot, even the blood of Christ.... Christ suffered.... that He might bring us to God" (I Peter 1:18,19; 3:18).

Christ Died for the World

"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).

"Jesus of Nazareth.... being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain" (Acts 2:22, 23).

"God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (I John 4:9,10).

"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead; and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again" (II Cor. 5:14, 15).

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself" (II Cor. 5:19; see also Col. 1:20-22; 2:14, 15).

"If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1:7).

"Hereby know we love, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (I John 3:16).

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Gal. 2:20).

"Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (Rev. 1:5, 6).

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain" (Rev. 5:6).

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.....These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Rev. 7:9, 14).

"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."

The Gospel of the Cross - by Samuel Chadwick