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Christ Jesus “Gave Himself a RANSOM for All”

Christ Jesus “gave himself a RANSOM for all.”

“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a RANSOM for many.” Matthew 20:28

“Who gave himself a RANSOM for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:6

“Ransom” means the redemption price, the atonement.

As this post is doing, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” Let Jesus Christ and His perfect work of redemption “be testified” of by His beloved people today.

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;” Psalms 107:2

Most profoundly, Allison Layne Gruber writes:

“Did you know that Judas sold Jesus out for the price of a woman, not a man? Women at the age of 33 were worth 30 pieces of silver, men worth 50.

Leviticus 27:3-4 set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel; for a female, her value was set at thirty shekels.

Matthew 26:14-15: ‘Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.’ 

He was being paid for the bride Jesus came to save, not for Jesus. Jesus took on the sins of His bride. Not His own. He wasn’t paid for himself but rather for who He came to save.

Jesus needed Judas to betray Him for His purpose to take place. He had to be turned in for prophecy to keep moving forward.

There are people you love in life that will betray you. There are people who will turn you over to the enemy. Let them. God will use that betrayal for your purpose to come to fruition.”

The ransom price, the very and precious blood of Jesus, shed on that cross, fully satisfied the claims of the Father’s justice to redeem fallen mankind.

Karen Cochran testifies:

“Thank you Jesus! My redemption has been paid. Jesus took our unrighteousness (which is filthy rags) and made us righteous by way of the cross. I could never repay him for dying for me!”

“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Jesus didn’t die for us because we are good. Not one of us is good – but rather every single one of is utterly wicked right now outside of the glorious saving love and grace of God in Jesus Christ (Genesis 6:5, 12; Jeremiah 17:9, etc.). Read Romans 3 and 7.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10

We are not good but rather intrinsically evil, depraved, desperately wicked and can only throw ourselves headlong into the lap of His saving love, mercy, and grace in Christ.

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:4-5

Jesus Made “Peace through the Blood of His Cross”

Jesus Christ was the only One qualified to accomplish the redemption of fallen mankind.

“…when he (Jesus) had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:3

Mankind has fallen, is sinful. Therefore the claims of the Father’s justice must be satisfied.

Divine justice necessitates that someone pay the price for sin!

Jesus paid the only price, the ultimate price to bring fallen mankind back to God!

Either you carry your sins to Jesus and let Him forgive them all now, or you carry them into eternity and pay for them yourself – irrevocably in hell forever!

No man will experience peace both here on earth or eternally outside of being born again, knowing the Prince of Peace!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Colossians 1:20-23 

The peace between God and man was accomplished single-handedly by Christ (v. 20). Also revealed here is that in order for those who’ve been reconciled to God initially to be with Him eternally, they must remain, must abide, must “continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (v. 23). | Eternal Security is a lie from hell.

John Wesley on Colossians 1:20

“Through the blood of the cross – The blood shed thereon. Whether things on earth – Here the enmity began: therefore this is mentioned first. Or things in heaven – Those who are now in paradise; the saints who died before Christ came.”

F.B. Meyer on Colossians 1

“In view of the fact that we are being qualified for an inheritance in light, there should be a song of perennial thanksgiving proceeding from us. What a wonder that the sons of ignorance and night can dwell in the Eternal Light, through the Eternal Love! It is not enough to receive the forgiveness of sins, we must be conformed to the image of the Son, who is Himself the image of the Father, Col_1:15. Notice the pre-eminence of Jesus-in creation, Col_1:16; in the Church, Col_1:18; in resurrection, Col_1:18; and in the great enterprise of reconciliation and restoration, Col_1:20. Let Him be pre-eminent for us also!”

Adam Clarke on Colossians 1:20

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross – Peace between God and man; for man being in a sinful state, and there being no peace to the wicked, it required a reconciliation to be made to restore peace between heaven and earth; but peace could not be made without an atonement for sin, and the consequence shows that the blood of Christ shed on the cross was necessary to make this atonement.

To reconcile all things unto himself – The enmity was on the part of the creature; though God is angry with the wicked every day, yet he is never unwilling to be reconciled. But man, whose carnal mind is enmity to God, is naturally averse from this reconciliation; it requires, therefore, the blood of the cross to atone for the sin, and the influence of the Spirit to reconcile the transgressor to him against whom he has offended! See the notes on 2Co_5:19, etc.

Things in earth, or things in heaven – Much has been said on this very obscure clause; but, as it is my object not to write dissertations but notes, I shall not introduce the opinions of learned men, which have as much ingenuity as variety to recommend them. If the phrase be not a kind of collective phrase to signify all the world, or all mankind, as Dr. Hammond supposed the things in heaven may refer, according to some, to those persons who died under the Old Testament dispensation, and who could not have a title to glory but through the sacrificial death of Christ: and the apostle may have intended these merely to show that without this sacrifice no human beings could be saved, not only those who were then on the earth, and to whom in their successive generations the Gospel should be preached, but even those who had died before the incarnation; and, as those of them that were faithful were now in a state of blessedness, they could not have arrived there but through the blood of the cross, for the blood of calves and goats could not take away sin. After all, the apostle probably means the Jews and the Gentiles; the state of the former being always considered a sort of Divine or celestial state, while that of the latter was reputed to be merely earthly, without any mixture of spiritual or heavenly good. It is certain that a grand part of our Lord’s design, in his incarnation and death, was to reconcile the Jews and the Gentiles, and make them one fold under himself, the great Shepherd and Bishop of souls. That the enmity of the Jews was great against the Gentiles is well known, and that the Gentiles held them in supreme contempt is not less so. It was therefore an object worthy of the mercy of God to form a scheme that might reconcile these two grand divisions of mankind; and, as it was his purpose to reconcile and make them one, we learn from this circumstance, as well as from many others, that his design was to save the whole human race.”

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