Another Exact Same “All”

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22).

This is one of the next verses that captured my heart and attention. I saw that the “all” who die in Adam are the EXACT SAME “all” who will be made alive in Jesus Christ. I realized the passage did not say what I thought it meant, that “all who are ‘in Christ’ shall be made alive.” I saw that it said, “even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” I found my heart rejoicing! Paul was teaching that God will have the ultimate victory in winning His whole creation back to Himself.

I slowly began to realize that what Paul was teaching was that the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ was for every man – not potentially, but effectually.

I was seeing the great truth that Jesus Christ “takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He did not make the arrangements that the sin of the world could be taken away. Instead, He does it. If it is taken away, it is no longer an issue. Paul echoes this truth:

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:19).

I came to realize that the satisfaction of sin’s debt was secured by Jesus Christ for “the whole world.”

And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:2).

It became clear to me that “the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and not hell as I had been taught; that death was a penalty that Christ paid for all. That was Paul’s gospel, “that Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:6), so that “He by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). I had to reflect, did the Lord Jesus Christ actually die for every man? Did He actually pay the penalty for every man?

If what the Scriptures taught was true (and surely it is!), how could man be held responsible for a debt that had already been fully paid? Would there not be a duplication of indebtedness if sinners were required to make a payment for sin that the Lord Jesus Christ had already made? Would there not be double jeopardy, if the sinner were held responsible? If anyone would have to pay for their own sin, then it could not be possible that our Lord actually took “away the sin of the world.”

It was simple, He either did die for all, or He did not die for all. He either took away the world’s sin, or he didn’t.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2007, 2010

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