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Original Sin is not Fair

I was never personally troubled by this question because God has made the means of being saved from sin so simple it just never concerned me.  But something else that did concern me is when I’d hear Christians say, “Even though you didn’t have to, God thank you for saving me.”  Now I’d think, “Of course a loving God would have to save you.”  But it wasn’t until just a few years ago I understood I was wrong and ‘they’ were right.  I finally understood the concept of Federal Headship.

Wikipedia

Federal headship refers to the representation of a group united under a federation or covenant. For example, a country’s president may be seen as the federal head of his nation, representing and speaking on its behalf before the rest of the world.

This is really a foreign concept to most western people today but that does not make the idea false. 

Romans 5:18

So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

Federal Headship swings both ways.  If you think it is wrong to for Adam’s sin to count against all people, do you think it is wrong for Christ’s sacrifice to count for everyone for everyone who will repent and receive it?  “But Christ wouldn’t need to die for sins if we didn’t inherit original sin.”  But if Adam and Eve sinned so easily, do you really think you’d do any better?  Let’s say you did.  You go 100 years without sinning and then one day you hit your thumb with a hammer and used God’s name in vain.  Now you are in the same boat anyway even without original sin. 

 Apart for a divine nature, such as Jesus has, it is practically impossible to never sin.  Thank God He sent Jesus to take our punishment for those who will receive His free gift.

1 Corinthians 15:22

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

Romans 6:8

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him

Why must Jesus be both God and Man to be the Messiah?

1. Be human

The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and without the shedding of blood there is
no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22). But God cannot shed blood or die. Therefore, the
Savior must be human to identify with us, die in our place, and pay the penalty for
our sins on our behalf. Hebrews 2: 17 states, “Therefore He [Jesus] had to be made
like his brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful
high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Propitiation is a two-part act that involves appeasing the wrath of an offended person
and being reconciled to him.

2. Be God

Isaiah 43:11 states, “I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.” But it has
already been mentioned that in order to pay the penalty of sin the Savior must die.
This dilemma is solved in the person of Jesus Christ, who is both God and man.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”

Why is Jesus necessary for salvation?

So why exactly does the Bible claim that Jesus is necessary for salvation? Let us consider the following:

1. The Problem

Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 “…the wages of sin is death.”

The Bible refers to being saved from our sins as eternal life and going to hell as spiritual death. Our sins earn us a spiritual death sentence.  But maybe in God’s sense of justice he could just overlook our sins and let us off the hook.

Proverbs 11:21 “Be sure of this, God will not let the guilty go unpunished.”
Proverbs 17:15 “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – the LORD detests them both.”

God will not and cannot overlook sin. His justice must be enacted upon it and the punishment is death. But God loves us and wishes that no one should perish. So how can He possibly fulfill both His justice and mercy?

2. The Solution – Repentance

Luke 13:3 “Repent, or you will likewise perish.”

Repent means “to turn away from.” We are to turn away from sin, have genuine contrition, and commit to stop sinning with God’s help. For example, what if a wife discovered her husband was having an affair and he pleaded for forgiveness, but after some time he began to beg her to let him resume his affair?  Is this repentance? No, this is anti-repentance. If he were truly repentant, he would have wished the affair never happened and would do everything possible to restore his relationship with his wife because of his love for her. So repenting to God is to be truly sorrowful for our sins, turn away from doing them, and live for God instead of our sinful appetites.

3. The Ultimate Solution – Jesus

Romans 5:8 says, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Christ stood in our place, took the punishment we can not take, so that we may live.

Romans 10:9 “…if you confess with our mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Notice that the confession is not to just that “Jesus is Savior,” but “Jesus is Lord.” As Christians, our obedience is a major means by which we show God we love Him.  When we live for our sinful appetites, we invite distain upon Him as the unbelieving world rightly is disgusted by our hypocrisy.

The ultimate statistic is that 10 out of 10 people die. But what if we could be resurrected? As human beings we do not have the power of resurrection but God does. He raised Jesus’ body from the dead. Without this belief, what hope can we have (1 Cor. 15:17)? That is why it is important to “…believe in your heart that God raised Him [Jesus] from the dead….”

4. The Result

What is the result of repenting of our sins, confessing Jesus as Lord and believing in His resurrection? It is this promise, “…you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). We will be saved from the penalty of sins which is death and given new life in Christ.

Cornel Story

In ancient times in the Middle East, an army colonel was running a military base where someone was stealing. He ordered that if the thief was caught, they would receive 10 lashings with a whip. The next day the thief was found and it turned out to be the colonel’s own son! What was he to do? If he did not fulfill his order, he would lose respect among his men because he would prove he does not always keep his word and uphold justice. But his son was frail and sickly man. If his son were to receive the punishment, he would die.  Even if he could survive the punishment, the cornel, being his loving father, did not want him to go through it. What was he to do? He had to uphold his word and justice. The cornel did the only thing he could do: he stood in his son’s place and received the lashings himself. He was strong enough to receive them and still live. Therefore, his son was spared the punishment and lived. The cornel was true to his word and justice was served.  Instead of the colonel loosing the respect and trust of his men, he gained even more. 

This is what Christ did for us and more. We broke God’s law (Romans 3:23). We earned a death sentence, which is eternal separation from God in hell (Romans 6:23). But Christ stood in our place, taking the punishment that we could not and still live, demonstrating and fulfilling God’s justice, mercy, and love (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 3b, Proverbs 11:21, Hebrews 9:22, 1 Peter 3:18, John 3:16).

This is all more thoroughly explain in Why Jesus, available in the sidebar. 

Please contact me with any questions.

Blessings, Garrett