1 Pet 1:19 But with precious blood, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, the blood of Christ; (20) Who was foreknown before the foundation of the world but has been manifested in the last of times for your sake, Heb 9:14 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
[Part 2 of 4] Christ was foreordained, prepared, by God to be the redeeming Lamb for His elect according to His foreknowledge before the foundation of the world. This means that Christ was foreknown and prepared in eternity. But His death was accomplished...in time. Although it was accomplished in time, Christ's redemption is eternal. Because what Christ accomplished through His death is eternal, it is called in Hebrews 9:12 an eternal redemption. Because the crucifixion of Christ is eternal, Paul could say, "I have been crucified with Christ" (Gal 2:20). With Paul, we can declare that we also have been crucified with Christ. This means that we were crucified with Christ long before we were born. When were we crucified with Christ? We were crucified with Him from the foundation of the world. Therefore, we were crucified before we were born. Since Christ was crucified from the foundation of the world, there is no need for a repentant sinner to ask the Lord Jesus to die for him. If this were necessary, then the Lord would need to die again and again. However, He was crucified once for all; He died once for all. [Continued tomorrow] (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.
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