Throughout this course, several topics have been dissected and given new meanings and perspectives. Having accepted Christ into one’s heart doesn’t mean that the knowledge of Christianity will all of a sudden appear or come pouring into one’s mind. It takes time and studying to grasp the concepts especially two topics in general. The first topic is the death of Christ, the purpose behind and outcomes of his sacrifice. The second topic is the sin nature, which has its roots in the fall of man.
Part One The Death of Christ
As a Christian, in order to even have and spread the Gospel, it’s important to know what the meaning of Christ’s death is and what it entails. Everyone has heard the story of Jesus being born unto a virgin in a manger to be the Savior of the world. What’s usually misunderstood is the purpose of his coming. It wasn’t just for him to perform miracles, preach, heal, and save lives in God’s name. His purpose was to be the propitiation, “an offering that turns away the wrath of God directed against sin” (Etzel & Gutierrez, 2013, p133).
He rose from the dead but without his death, there would be no redemption by the blood, reconciliation, judgment of the sin nature, or basis of forgiving sins committed before the cross. Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Veerman, 2004, p.1013). Christ’s blood was the symbol for substitutionary death and being “washed in the blood” meant that there has been a final atonement for sin. As a Christian, one recognizes and has received the truth of what Jesus did on the cross at Calvary especially the shedding of his blood. 1 John 4:10 “This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (Veerman, 2004, p.1289).
The influence and transforming power of Christ’s death motivates people to tell others the benefits of this sacrifice. One of the most renowned, memorized, exemplary, and explanatory verses of Jesus’ death is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (Veerman, 2004, p.1071). Those that do choose to believe in Christ know that his death is the only way of salvation (everlasting life) so without his death, there would be no Christianity.
As a Christian, Christ’s death represents personally the eternal life, forgiveness of sin, purification by the blood, and love of the Father, Romans 5:8 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Veerman, 2004,p.1142), that nothing else on this earth can provide. He was the only one destined to die for our sins.
Part Two Sin Nature
Genesis 3:6 “When the woman saw that the fruit...