DEATH OF CHRIST: REDEMPTION AND LIFE TO THE CHURCH
(Friday, May 08, 2020)
We should never presume that God’s purpose is merely to save us from hell that we may enjoy the blessings of heaven. We need to note the relationship between redemption and creation. The desire of God’s heart is expressed in creation. God’s goal, God’s plan, and God’s predetermined will are all made known in His creation. The place of redemption can not be higher than that of creation. Redemption recovers what God did not obtain through creation. Redemption does not bring anything new to us; it is only restoring us what is already ours. God through redemption achieves His purpose in creation. Redemption is related to us; it benefits us by saving us and bringing us eternal life. But creation is related to God and God’s work.
We must remember that God intends for man to follow His Son in the exercise of His authority on the earth. God wants to accomplish something, but He will not do it Himself. He wants us to do it. When we have done it, then God will have attained his purpose. God desires to obtain a group of men who do His work here on earth, that God may rule on earth through man. There are two distinct aspects in the death of Christ, the Bible uses to different substances to testify them. Blood is used for redemption and water is used for the non-redemptive aspect…and water testifies the Lord Himself as Life (John 19:34). John 20 is not a chapter dealing with redemption. This is a matter of “imparting life”. (John 20:17) Moreover, the commission of church is twofold: to testify the salvation of Christ and to testify the triumph of Christ. On the one hand, the church is to bring benefit to man, and on other hand it is to cause Satan to suffer loss. In creation, God had a purpose, and this purpose was to gain man- man with authority to rule over the earth. Only the realisation of this purpose could satisfy God’s heart.
2.0 REDEMPTION VERSUS LIFE TO THE CHURCH
John 19: 31-37 Then the Jewish authorities asked Pilate to allow them to break the legs of the men who had been crucified, and to take the bodies down from the crosses. They requested this because it was Friday, and they did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath, since the coming Sabbath was especially holy. So, the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out. (The one who saw this happen has spoken of it, so that you also may believe. What he said is true, and he knows that he speaks the truth.) This was done to make the scripture come true: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And there is another scripture that says, “People will look at him whom they pierced.”
When the Lord Jesus was resurrected, He imparted His life into us. When we believe in Him, we receive His life. We all became God’s sons, and as such, we all belong to God. Because we have this life within us, as men we can be entrusted by God to fulfil His purpose. Therefore, it says that He will bring many sons into glory. To rule is to be glorified, and to be glorified to rule. When the many sons have obtained authority and restored the earth, then they will be brought triumphantly into glory.