Did the cross accomplish Life for all or only forgiveness?


Question: Did the cross accomplish Life for all or only forgiveness?

Response: On the cross, Jesus didn’t just die for my sins, he also gave me his life. 1 Cor. 15:45: “The first Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” As Paul goes on to say, “One has died for all, therefore all have died” (2 Cor. 5:14). But not all have yet received the “Spirit” in the way that exhibits the presence of “Eternal Life.” Yet, Paul clearly teaches that all will, and that we, who have the ministry of reconciliation, are currently part of this process. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive. But each in its own order…” (1 Cor. 15:22). Paul then goes on to describe that order… and how we are part of the process. At the cross we took the life of Christ, yet at the cross God gave the life of Christ – his own Life. All are forgiven, but not all yet believe. But even believing is a gift imparted to us upon the cross – the gift of the Spirit. “The Spirit is life” (Romans 8:10).

In Scripture, Christ is the “Promised Seed.” On the cross when Christ delivers up his Spirit, God sows the Promised Seed (“sperma” in Greek) in the heart of humanity. Faith is the fruit of that seed. The “fruit of the Spirit” is the fruit of the Great Bride Groom having been implanted in his Bride, just as pictured whenever we participate in communion in the sacrament of the covenant of Grace.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith (literal translation), gentleness, and control of “self” are all fruit of the Spirit that God sows in humanity. If Jesus dies for all humanity, then the “law of sowing and reaping” would clearly imply that God will reap what he sows… In other words, God will make humanity in his own image and likeness through his Word, the Promised Seed, our Lord Jesus.

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