Daughter of Zion Eternally
Guilty As Sin But Pardoned/ Forgiven Part 4
The Rest Of What God Has Provided
The final things to discuss about this marvelous Salvation is that in Christ, God the Creator are Reconciliation Redemption and Destruction of the Dominion of Satan or Evil.
We have so far seen how God views sin. He views it in the originating Sin of the Progenitor of all depraved Humanity, the Darwinian epitomy, Adam. Adam listened to another voice and gave heed to another wisdom and in that he obeyed the voice of his "help meet" he, being a Federal Head of all humanity (male and female) plunged the entirety of it into a place of separation from God, banishment from the place of God (Eden, that God built might, very well be seen as His Temple on the Planet) and exiled from the blessing of God (or at the very least a drastically diminished blessing of God). We have seen that the Blood sacrifice offered up by those chosen to be intermediaries with God and man (Aaronic Priesthood and Levitical Servants of the Priests and Temple as priests themselves)was the key to removing and atoning for the over arching sin of Adam that gives rise to the bent of the iniquitous heart; and the sins of commission and omission in practicality done in every day activities. For because of these things there is continual wrath and curse coming down on humanity and because of this also into Creation itself. For who was the Garden's caretaker of all that was in it but "man"?
In Adam's sin all Creation is effected and the Earth and its ground becomes the recipient of the blood of those destined for death. It is cursed because of Adam's sin to not yield as it once did to humanity. But Christ takes on all this wrath and curse of God on the intrument of sacrifice the cruciform altar as His soul/blood is poured forth and He takes the punishment in wave after until God is at last speant from all the collective affrontry of the attitude of Adam humanity His own people Israel and all that was added in their rejection of Messiah. After Noah the curse of the ground is lifted. In Christ, the Kinsman Redeemer, all Creation is effectively set to be RENEWED upon that set day. Until that set day it remains as it is. In this manner He is the Propitiation and Expiation for sin. But it goes beyond the basics of Old Testament 'lovingkindness" to New Testament Grace in that this is also the means of Reconciliation Redemption and Destruction of Satan's Dominion.
We see God's view of the potentiality of humanity to continue in sin in He comment to Noah that after the flood is when the curse of the ground is lifted in Gen 8:21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. But the underlying issue of sin which alienates is still not dealt with. So at a later point God gives us the Law by Moses hand. Now the Creation and humanity are subjected to the Law as a means to mitigate the effects of sin, but it does not change the iniquitous heart of man. Christ however by the moving of the Holy Spirit does change the heart and in so doing He is the Permanent answer to both the Adamic Sin and Practical sins of very person who is saved through Him. His blood, He being the direct decendant of Adam becomes the "fix" for the sin.
In all this by one man's Righteous Act of the personally perpetually perfectly obedient life lived under the Mosaic Law and the offering of Himself in our place unto the Death for our sin from Adam's Original straight through to every sin that we will ever commit over the course of our lives, into our decendants whereever the Blood is applied, this is the complete Reconciling of all things.
Now we look at the rest of the story.
In being the Propitiation and Expiation for Sin Tresspass and Transgression Jesus MAKES RECONCILIATION, of ALL THINGS to God. He also Reconciles God to ALL THINGS. (Rom 5:10, Eph 2:14-17, Col 1:19-22, 2:14-15, 2 Cor 5:17-21)
In our sin tresspass transgression we are DEAD and in what is called the Estate of Sin and Misery, we are also considered while in this "estate" ENEMIES or at enmity to God or HOSTILE to God. In the Psalms we find this verse God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. (Psa 7:11) It is not ourselves who are Hostile towards God but rather it is God who is Hostile towards us.We are enemies and emnity and hostile on God's end. Because of this we might be deemed irredeemable. But there is a problem here. He has chosen before the Foundation of the World, a people for His good pleasure and they too have come under the Estate of Sin and Misery or more accurately the Position of being an Enemy of God. In Adam ALL HUMANITY falls under the "God's continual anger" catagory, even the "Elect ones". God does give a "nation" His Law but it does not change the heart of the man and cannot be abode by. This further compounds the issue by causing the Chosen nation to become a nation of "Law breakers". Because the heart remains unchanged, humanity is still "bound" as "dead" IN SIN and TRESPASS. And you were dead in your trespasses and sins. (Eph 2:1) But Jesus...Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;(KJV) When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,(NAS)
By being Propitiation and Expiation Jesus Reconciles us who are meant to be the Father's, back to The Father. Now God is NOT angry with us all day long when we are "in Christ". Moreover this reconciliation is also accomplished via Jesus being our Redeemer. Redemption is a big deal the God. For while in Propitiation, Jesus takes the Wrath and Curse of God and in Expiation, Jesus takes our place as a Sacrifice offered by Himself, once and for all, for our sin, trespass and trangression, He also is and pays The Ransom. But form what are we being ramsomed?
Jesus had many arguments with the Religious leaders of His day about them being "slaves: and they, not understanding His intent always countered with the argument that they were children of Abraham and had never been slaves. Jesus ignoring the obvious simply replied that in that they did sin they were serving as slaves to sin. (Lest we forget that as Children of Abraham they had been slaves in Egypt, and at the time of the arguments with Jesus they were under bodage and subjugation to the law of Rome) But this is a UNIVERSAL slavery. Sin is seen as "something to be served" and a slave is one serving by compulsion without choice. Jesus's "Crosswork", as Dr Mary Craig puts it, undoes this position of slavery to sin. The Price demanded by Law is Blood. If humanity sins and continues to sin then they must die. It is as simple as that. But death to God is not quite what we see as death. We see death as termination of bodily function culmination in a funerary rite and disposal of human remains. God sees it as permanent alienation and separation from Himself. This the function of hell. Angels disregarded their first estate and fell from God's grace. Hell was created to be their holding place until they were judged and relegated to their Eternal abode in the Lake of Fire. Every person who passes from this life without the "Crosswork" of Jesus passes without the benefit of His Ransom payment to the Father for the sin, trespass, transgression of the Law. In that He lives the Perpetually Personally Perfectly Obedient life from birth to death and is without sin in the first place He ALONE is the ONLY one who qualifies in God's eyes as elligable to be His. Jesus takes this one step further. He does NOT NEED atonement redemption propitiation expiation reconciliation because He has EARNED THE RIGHT to be God's son IN THE FLESH as well as being the Eternal Son of The Father. He has the choice to leave Earth having earned His own Salvation or ... by way of the Cross, Glorify His Father. On the Cross He becomes OUR SAVIOR. He pays Our Ransom. Propitiates and Expiates Our Sin. Reconciles US to God by terminating God's Hostility TOWARD US.
(Lk 22:19-20,37, Matt 26:28, Isa 53 all, 1 Pet 1:18-19, Rev 5:9, Rom 3:24-27, Eph 1:7, Col 1:14, 1 Cor 6:20)
All of the above is what is contained in the concept of Atonement. Atonement by blood was meant to propitiate, expiate, ransom, redeem and thus restore relationship or reconcile the Hebrew who broke the Law back to God. All this is what Jesus does on the Cross.
The Destruction of the Dominion of Satan or Destruction of Evil. In that the above work is done, Jesus can now remove the "Kratos" or Dominion from satan.
In the fall Adam plunges humanity into sin and also empowers sin's master, Satan. The name or word simply means in the Hebrew Adversary. So the name is simply a title for the person called the Adversary was once an Anointed Cherub.
In His sin of pride this Cherub lost his place and position before God. Because he was an ANOINTED being he became an abominatin and an Adversary to the God whom he once served. He was perfect until sin was found in him. (Isa 14:10-20, Ezek 28:11-19)
When this happened The Satan, as he is rightly called, became the Ruler over humanity. Because humanity was now a people of pride or Children of Pride, they were seen to be under his dominion. He is till Ruler over the Children of Pride but in Christ we are no longer seen to be Children of Pride but rather Born out of God and thus children of The Living God. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (Jn 1:12)
Even after Jesus' body ceased to function as a result of Crucifixion He being in hell or having descended into Hell (for us) preaches the Kingdom message to all the denizens therein. To those in this Bosom of Abraham this is the long awaited release and to those in Hell the long awaited doom. But to The Satan it is the long awaited end of Dominion. 1 Peter 3:19–20 "(19)By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; (20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water." (KJV) Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (KJV) I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hades and of death.(KJ2000)
(Jn 12:31, 16:11, Matt 12:29, Lk 10:17, 11:21-22, 1Jn 3:8, 1 Cor 15:24-26, Col 2:13-15, Heb 2:14-15, 2 Cor 2:14, Rev 2:11, 2 Tim 2:25-26)
In every area of His life Jesus systematically defeats and removes the Dominion of Satan one area after another and in preaching the Good news to the spirits in prison, He ultimately declares His triumph thus attaining the Authority over Death Hell and the Grave as characterized by "KEYS".
All this for whom He came to die.
Think about it