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Step 1:  IMPUTATION
    CHRIST TOOK OUR SINS UPON HIMSELF

The first step in the redemption of mankind was for Jesus Christ to bear the sins of the world in His own body.  When Jesus hung on the cross, God took all the sins of the world (past, present, and future), and placed (imputed) them into Christ.

And the Lord has laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity [sin] of us all.  Isaiah 53:6

Who His own self bore our sins in His body on the tree.   I Peter 2:24

For He [God the Father] made Him Who knew no sin [Jesus] to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   II Corinthians 5:21

Since God must punish sin, who would God now have to punish?
 

Step 2:  SUBSTITUTION
    CHRIST DIED IN OUR PLACE.

Since God must punish sin, He poured out His wrath upon Jesus in our place.  Jesus became our "substitute."  He was punished for our sins and died in our place.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities.  The chastisement for our peace was upon Him. Isaiah 53:5

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying . . . "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46

Step 3:  SATISFACTION (PROPITIATION)
CHRIST'S  DEATH PAID IN FULL FOR OUR SINS, THEREBY SATISFYING GOD'S ANGER AND JUSTICE.

Since Jesus died in our place for our sins, God's justice was satisfied.  Jesus paid for all man's sins, so any man who chooses to accept that payment will never have to experience the eternal wrath of God which must come upon all sin.  Jesus paid in full for all man's sins!

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief.  When Thou [God the Father] shall make His [Jesus'] soul an offering for sin . . . He shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.  Isaiah 53:10-11

When Jesus therefore received the vinegar, He said, "It is finished, " and  He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit.  John 19:30

The phrase "it is finished" was actually an expression used in Rome in the time of Christ when a debt had been paid in full.  (Kittle, VIII pp. 57, 60)   When Jesus shouted this just before He died, He was indicating that He had made a perfect, complete and final payment for sin.  (Also see Colossians 2:13-14).
 

Thus, Jesus Has Torn Down The Barrier Between God and Man By Paying For Our Sins Through His Own Death.

How can Jesus' death be so valuable that it can pay not only for all of your sins, but for all the sins of all men of all ages?

It is because ...

   

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Ronald R. Shea, President
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Metairie, Louisiana 70004

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