“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:16)
Christianity purports to be practical and powerfully so. Its leading exponent, the apostle Paul, stated that he was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ because it worked! This is why the term “gospel” has generally been designated as “Good News”.
God has provided in Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death a spiritual deliverance. He has provided life, “But now, in union with Christ Jesus you, who used to be far away, have been brought near, by the blood of Christ.” (Eph 2:13). He has provided forgiveness for our guilt, righteousness for our unrighteousness, reconciliation for our alienation, and cleansing for our depravity. the list is endless. why anyone would reject Christianity, when there is so much of practical good to be obtained from it, is beyond human logic, it is; in fact, a little diabolical.
In the scripture the redemptive characteristic of Christianity is portrayed by such words as “Grace” and “Power”. The former generally indicates the work of Jesus Christ whereby man may be freely accepted by God (John 1:17, Eph. 2:8-9). The latter usually designates the provision or the effect of God’s grace (1 Cor. 1:24).
Christianity is redemptive because there is a Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fulfilled God’s demand in that He bore mans judgment on Calvary. Remember what we actually deserved fell upon Him and because of that we have been redeemed!
“And for their sake I dedicate Myself to you, in order that they, too, may be truly dedicated to you.” (John 17:19)
When Jesus decided to wrap Himself in human skin, He did so as our representative. In His baptism He identified Himself with the human race. In His temptations, He was a representative of man, the “Last Adam”. He met and mastered Satan. In a sense we all were represented in that triumph.
The work of men who have given the legal right of representation may illustrate this face of Christianity. Such men may travel to a distant place and so it was in the work of Jesus Christ. He traveled and He lived His righteous life in fulfillment of God’s demand and that life becomes our life when we believe. He died, and that death was the crowning acto f a life of obedience. In that death we are made righteous. It was a representative death. He died for us and in a representative sense. He died as “us”. Christ not only died for us, we died in and with Him. We were resurrected in and with Christ, we have ascended in and with Christ and are now seated in “The Heavenlies”.
Remember: The value of the representative work of Jesus Christ has been given to us. It is a free gift.
by Kelsey McKay