Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures (26)

The dead in sin – revived.

“After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” Hosea 6:2, NIV. Approximately 750 years before the Messiah, Prophet Hosea announced what God would accomplish, on behalf of the rebellious humankind, in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. Why did humankind need to be revived and restored? God, at the creation, gave a command to the first man Adam. Adam, however, disobeyed God, and thus the humankind he represented became a sinner by nature condemned by law to eternal death. Humankind also lost the right to be the children of God. God told humankind He created in the first man Adam that the moment its representative, eats the forbidden fruit he and thus the entire future humankind will die forever (surely die). Genesis 2:17, NIV. However, God, in His forbearance, left the sinful humanity unpunished until the “fullness of time” when the Grace will come. Romans 3:25. When and how did the sinful humankind die as “the wages for sin committed in the garden of Eden”? The sinful humanity did surely die almost 780 years after Hosea’s prophecy. How?

“‘ But I when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.’ He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.” John 12:32, 33, NIV. When God created the Man, He breathed into him the “breath of life.” The “breath of life” is “nashaman,” in the Hebrew, which means, in translation, “pneuma” – spirit, in the Greek language. Therefore, the life, the spirit which sinned had to die forever. Only God has the power to destroy a spirit because it came from Him. “‘ The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.'” 1 Samuel 2:6, NKJV. God placed our sinful spirit, our sin, and our inclination to sin, into the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. 2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:6. By “abandoning” Jesus on the cross, God destroyed our sinful spirit and our sin forever. Romans 6:6. Then God, as He promised through the prophet Ezekiel, gave humankind a “new spirit.” Ezekiel 36:26, NIV. The entire sinful humanity died in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. 2 Corinthians 5:14, NIV. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him…” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV.

The “…on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence,” was fulfilled at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We died in Him, and we rose again in Him. “If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” Romans 6:5, NIV. God did fulfill His promise; He made us alive again. “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:6, NIV. “Because we died in Christ, we also live in him.” Romans 6:8, NIV.

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Dan Lazich

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