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Solus Christus – Christ Alone

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And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

(Col 2:13-15)

Just a quick thought on this passage concerning the atonement made by The LORD Christ. We are told here, and many other places, that when Christ died on the cross He actually paid for the sins of men. I was reading this passage this morning and noticed that there is no condition to meet. We were dead, God made us alive. And He did this because He had already forgiven us all our trespasses as He had nailed them to the cross (Christ, Who knew no sin, became sin for us). When He did this, He canceled the record of debt that stood against us! He also disarmed Satan, who is our natural spiritual father as we are born by nature children of wrath. All this was accomplished at the cross! Praise The LORD!

The thing that grieves me is that in most churches in America today (at least the ones I grew up in) we are told essentially that all of this is potential and that what makes it a reality is my choosing to believe in it all. If Christ’s death didn’t actually do this for anyone in particular, but just everyone hypothetically and must be mixed with one’s personal belief to be effective, then what exactly is one placing their faith in to save them? Scripture says we are saved by His death, but most people seem to interpret that to mean we are saved by belief in His death. This may appear on paper to be just a matter of semantics, but it is a vital distinction. If the cross of Christ was feckless two-thousand years ago, your faith in it is not going to make it anymore powerful. The “gospel” that is preached in most churches today has drained the cross of all it’s power, placing the potency of the work of Christ at the feet of the individual’s decision to believe or not. We are told “Christ has done all He can, and now you must make Him your Savior”. This is not the gospel of Jesus Christ!

The sins of all those who will be brought to faith were placed on Christ when He made atonement on the cross. He canceled the record of debt that stood against them! He did not purchase a possibility, but purchased a people (I Corinthians 6:20; Ephesians 5:25).

Christ’s atonement was definite, it was effective for all for whom God intended.

“The Arminians say, ‘Christ died for all men.’ Ask them what they mean by it. Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of all men? They say, ‘No, certainly not.’ We ask them the next question: Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of any man in particular? They answer ‘No.’ They are obliged to admit this, if they are consistent. They say, ‘No; Christ has died that any man may be saved if ?’ and then follow certain conditions of salvation. Now, who is it that limits the death of Christ? Why, you. You say that Christ did not die so as infallibly to secure the salvation of anybody. We beg your pardon, when you say we limit Christ’s death; we say, ‘No, my dear sir, it is you that do it.’ We say Christ so died that he infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christ’s death not only may be saved, but are saved, must be saved and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved. You are welcome to your atonement; you may keep it. We will never renounce ours for the sake of it.”
Charles Spurgeon

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