The simplicity of it all, is that death has no power to hold us in its grip. It has been done away with by Christ who opposed and defeated it on the cross, thus overcoming death for himself and later to gift the Spirit of life to all men.

God’s love in Christ provided the means by which sin and death were rendered powerless to detract from his kingdom of life, to which we are invited to participate.

Because he is love, he has done away with all penalties for those who want to leave those penalties behind, he has forgiven all. People have a choice. To remain in death, or to leave it behind and come into the kingdom of love.

Wrath was expended within the person of Jesus, as his righteousness merged with our unrighteousness. Because of this, we are free to abandon the sinking ship that we are, and climb aboard the life boat named Christ, who is the first born of the final creation.

Because wrath is the conflict of states between righteousness and unrighteousness, as long as we depart from unrighteousness and cleave to righteousness, we will be saved. God’s love can only do two things. The first is to gather that which is his to himself, the second is to dissolve any matter that is not compatible with his nature.

In this respect, Christ has experienced his personal “Armageddon”, and we too must become involved with the Spirit so we are “cleansed by fire”, if not so dramatically as we see on the cross, or as we have come to expect will be the case in the final Armageddon.

“Those who take part in the first resurrection will not be harmed by the second death”. Christ has done what we could not. Repaired, converted, sin nature into eternal nature, so we can be free of its control and power to condemn us. The first resurrection is the one we participate in when we join ourselves to Christ. And we become involved with the cleansing power of Christ’s Spirit. The second death is Armageddon, the last conflict of God.

The normal simple approach is to say we have been freed from our sins by his blood. And that this was a “sacrifice” for sins. Of course it means we think then of the old animal sacrifices of Hebrew times. Conventional doctrine has also said he “appeased the wrath of the Father” or similar nonsense. Yet he DID sacrifice himself to save us. And it WAS to save us from “God’s wrath”, its just that people don’t understand that his wrath is actually his love, but that his love comes to them in an unacceptable form if he comes to them in his purity and they are in their impurity. This will be a case of “coming ready or not”.

Just as with the parable about the rich man in hell, there is a “great gap” between heaven and earth, which gap is life and death, righteousness and unrighteousness. If you are at peace with heaven through the son of heaven, the son of righteousness, then you are effectively in the heaven of the story, with Abraham. But if not, you can expect the heat of his Spirit to burn you. You will experience his “Wrath”, even though it is actually love. His nature.


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