Chapter 4: A World Redeemed

Once we understand that the demands of the law were satisfied fully and forever at Calvary, and that Jesus, by His sacrifice, bore the full penalty for all injustice and sin, then only can we appreciate that humanity - every last one of us - has been redeemed from the curse of the law. In other words, Jesus never left a solitary stone unturned.

'He has carried the sins of the whole world . . . The crucified One bore them all, and every soul who believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. The sacrifice of Christ is of sufficient value to save the whole world.' (LHU110; PP67)
Calvary, therefore, was not just for the spiritual elite, whoever they may be, it was God's full and abundant provision for the sinfulness of all people for all time. This is why Scripture assures us that . . .
Jesus 'is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.' (1 John 2:2)
This being the case, we might rest in the blessed assurance that . . .
'God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ.' (2 Corinthians 5:19)
All of which means, in effect, that Jesus has 'made satisfaction for the guilt of the whole world.' (1SM392)
'The sacrifice of Christ is of sufficient value to save the whole world.' (PP67)
When Jesus died, therefore, He suffered the penalty for sins past, present and future - even for those sins that you and I have not yet committed - even for those sins that will one day be committed by those who are still to be born. Is He not a marvelous Saviour? Can He do any more than He has done?
'He has paid the ransom money for the whole world.' (MS41, 1896)
And now, thanks only to the blood that was shed on Calvary, . . .
'It is the Father's prerogative [privilege] to forgive our transgressions and sins, because Christ has taken upon Himself our guilt and reprieved us.' (6BC1070)
May we say, therefore, that Jesus has purchased the right for all mankind to be forgiven? Yes we may. This is why there is absolute hope for all people. It is a hope that is founded on the glorious fact that, as a result of Calvary, . . .
'There are no sins He will not forgive in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.' (7BC913)
In fact, the offering of Jesus was so complete, so all-encompassing, so flawless, and it satisfied the demands of justice so fully that, as a result, even today, . . .
'No sin can be committed by man for which satisfaction has not been met on Calvary.' (6BC1071)
'Whatever the sin, if the soul repents and believes, the guilt is washed away in the blood of Christ.' (DA322)
It is more than obvious, therefore, that we simply cannot out-sin God. Even if we consider ourselves to be the most heinous of sinners, God has paved the way for every one of us to entertain a hope that is absolute. Of this we can be sure because . . .
'Salvation for the chief of sinners was His theme.' (DA753)
How thankful we should be, therefore, . . .
knowing that 'Christ died for the ungodly.' (Romans 5:6)
nowing that 'God justifies the wicked.' (Romans 4:5)
knowing that 'He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.' (Luke 6:35)
For those of us who have lived a little closer to the shady side of life, this is exceptionally good news. Those of us who have groveled in the deepest pits of sin have a desperate need of the reassurance that comes from knowing that . . .
'The offering [of Jesus] is wholly acceptable, and pardon covers all transgression.' (7BC931)
To repeat, therefore, regardless of our past or our present condition, Jesus has secured our right to be pardoned and, as a result, we can find perfect peace in the knowledge that . . .
'There is forgiveness for the least sin, forgiveness for the greatest sin.' (7BC933)
Of course, we can scorn God's forgiveness; or we might refuse to forgive another, and thus disqualify ourselves from being forgiven; or we can refuse to acknowledge our need of forgiveness, and thus make it impossible for God to forgive us, but the fact remains that no matter what impression we might have of ourselves, no matter what our secret sins might be, God has secured the license for all of fallen humanity to be pardoned.
This being the case, if we realize that we are transgressors, we should not despair, for our 'pardon has already been secured.' (PK668)
As such, we 'may rejoice in the sense of sins forgiven, in the love of a pardoning heavenly Father who has encircled sinful, repentant human beings in the arms of His love, bound up our wounds, cleansed us from sin, and clothed us with the garments of salvation.' (PK668)
Please notice again that our pardon 'has already been secured.' As such, we can appreciate that . . .
'The only reason that we have not remission of sin [pardon] is that we have not acknowledged to Him whom we have wounded by our transgression, whom we have pierced by our sins, that we are at fault, and in need of mercy.' (1SM326)
This is why Jesus, John the Baptist, and the disciples had one overriding appeal - "Repent." This is why Jesus' entreaty to Laodicea today is still that we should repent - in other words, that we should acknowledge that we are sinners in need of mercy, and that we are transgressors in need of grace, and by so doing we may avail ourselves of the provision that God has made for all who are willing to acknowledge their need of a gracious, pardoning Saviour.
We must conclude, therefore, that God really is an infinitely kind Father. He did not wait for us to be good enough to be saved - He went out and, by His blood, sweat, tears, and death, He purchased our right to be saved - even while we were lost. Scripture leaves us with no doubt as to the fact that . . .
'When we were overwhelmed by sins, [God] atoned for our transgressions.' (Psalm 65:3)
What a God! What love! What a Saviour! It remains only for us to fall on our knees at the foot of the cross so that His blood - the blood that He shed for a lost world - might fall on us and cover us.
Today, as a I sat editing this chapter on my balcony, I prayed for all who would ever read these words. I prayed for you dear reader. I prayed that this document would impress you with the fact that God loves you personally, that He knows you by name, and that He has prepared a mansion in heaven - just for you.
Please read on . . . the good news only gets better and better.

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