HE LAID UPON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL [377]

Regardless of how you see it, the end result of all enquiry regarding the atonement for sin, comes down to this. That God placed the responsibility for our misdoings upon the one upon whom He designed it to fall. He bore the result of our inherent natural nature.

That being the case, we are freed from the reason  for our estrangement from God. The gap between Him and us, caused by our fear and apprehension as to the repercussions of our separation from Him, has been closed. We have been made the children of God by his election, rather than ours.

Faith has polarised us in a similar manner to that which Christ himself was polarised. We now find ourselves at the opposite end of the spectrum to our human nature, the nature in which we previously dwelt. Just as He by birth found himself, as a perfect spirit, in the imperfection of a human body, so we now also because of our new imposed identity, [our new birth] find ourselves with power over this “body of death”.

It is the image of him in us that now predisposes us to good, rather than evil.  1 John is so bold as to say 3-9 ” No one born of God practises sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God”.

3-5 “And you know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6. No one who abides in Him sins;…”

3-2 “Beloved, now we are children of God,…”

2-18 “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.”

[3-8 The one who practises sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The son of God appeared for this purpose, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practises sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious; anyone who does not practise righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.]

[1 John 5-1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.]

 

 

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