Jesus Completed God’s Plan

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Lesson 5: Jesus Completed God’s Plan
by Bob Burridge ©2011

Jesus Completed God’s Plan

When Adam sinned, we all became sinners because he represented us. Jesus also represented others when he lived here on earth. He represented them in his life He lived perfectly so he could credit them with his own record. He also came to pay for their sins. He suffered and died in their place.

Those who put their trust in what our Savior did, have the innocence of Jesus laid upon them.
They are credited with the truly good things he did during his life on earth.
His obedience is given to those he came to rescue from sin.

The guilt of our sins was laid upon Jesus when he died on the Cross.
He was credited with the sinful thoughts, words, and behaviors of his people.
When he died, he completely paid the penalty for their sins.

God did not teach his people the whole lesson right away. He had his ancient people bring animals to sacrifice for their sins. The death of the animals did not take away their sins, but it showed their faith in God’s promise that one day a sacrifice would be made for their sins. That sacrifice was the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We don’t make sacrifices any more because Jesus completed God’s plan.
He was what the sacrifices were teaching about.

God does not just forget about our sins. That would not be right. Sin requires death as its penalty. The only just way to forgive us for our sins was to pay for them by a special Redeemer. Jesus was the only one who could pay that penalty in our place.

The Apostle Paul tells us about this in his letter to the Romans in chapter 5. In verse 19 he put the whole plan together for us.

Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,
so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”

He is saying that Adam was our first representative. He brought sin upon all humans because of his one sin. Jesus was our other representative. He brought us forgiveness because he paid the penalty for the sins of his people.

(Bible verses are quoted from the New King James Version of the Bible)
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About Bob Burridge

I've taught Science, Bible, Math, Computer Programming and served 25 years as Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Pinellas Park, Florida. I'm now Executive Director of the ministry of the Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies

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