Why Christ Died

I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves (Jn 5:41-42).

The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins because the Law can save no one.

The Apostle Paul outlines this teaching in his letter to the Romans wherein he writesby the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight (Rom 3:20).

This doctrine of justification by faith was not understood by the early church whose Jewish members had been taught that a person is sanctified by the Law.

Understandably, this created a conflict between Jews who believed in the doctrine of works, and Gentiles who were taught the doctrine of grace.

The problem is that a person cannot be good enough to earn their way into heaven as Paul explains in this verse: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works lest anyone should boast (Eph 2:8-9).

And to the Romans: Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law (Rom 3:27-28).

These are contentious issues still today as many people (some within the church) believe that salvation is the reward for doing good works, and repentance is not necessary.

One woman told us that she believes 95% of all the people in the world are good, and that God will save every last one of them. When she was shown scripture that declares: There is none righteous, and all have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:10, 23), she bristled and said, “Well, I don’t believe that.”

Then, there are Christians who embrace the doctrine of grace as a license to sin.

A young lady confessed to us that she sleeps with a different man every weekend, but has no guilt because the blood of Christ covers her sin. Paul would answer: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! (Rom 6:1)

The Apostle clearly affirms that we have been baptized into Christ, and our old nature was crucified with Him so that sin would no longer reign in our physical bodies.

The purpose of the Law was to convict man of his sin: Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law (Rom 3:31).

This concurs explicitly with the words our Savior spoke in the Gospel of Matityahu (Matthew): Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill (Mt 5:17).

In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul teaches that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph 2:10).  This is in harmony with James who wrote that faith without works is dead (Jas 2:26).

Finally, Paul reveals to the Ephesians that Christ unifies both Jew and Gentile by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances…that He might reconcile them to God through the cross (Eph 2:15-16).

At first read this may seem like a contradiction to state that Christ abolished the Law in His flesh. (Didn’t He proclaim that He came to fulfill the Law?)

However, a careful study will reveal that Paul is making reference to the ceremonial laws and ordinances, and not the moral absolutes of Mosaic Law.

The Pharisees were zealous in performing outward displays of ceremony and ritual such as circumcision; but quite the hypocrites when applying the Commandments.

Paul concludes:

He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God (Rom 2:28-29).

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