“He laid down His life for us.” – 1 John 3:16
Did my Saviour lay down His life for me? Then, HOW SAFE I AM!
We will have no controversy with those who do not see this truth; the Lord open their blind eyes, and show it to them! That is all we will say. We, who know the gospel, see, in the fact of the death of Christ, a reason that no strength of logic can ever shake, and no power of unbelief can remove, why we should be saved. There may be men, with minds so distorted that they can conceive it possible that Christ should die for a man who afterwards is lost; I say, there may be such. I am sorry to say that there are still to be found some such persons, whose brains have been so addled, in their childhood, that they cannot see that what they hold is both a preposterous falsehood and a blasphemous libel. Christ dies for a man, and then God punishes that man again; Christ suffers in a sinner’s stead, and then God condemns that sinner after all! Why, my friends, I feel quite shocked in only mentioning such an awful error; and were it not so current as it is, I should certainly pass it over with the contempt that it deserves. The doctrine of Holy Scripture is this, that God is just, that Christ died in the stead of His people, and that, as God is just, He will never punish one solitary soul of Adam’s race for whom the Saviour did thus shed His blood. The Saviour did, indeed, in a certain sense, die for all; all men receive many a mercy through His blood, but that He was the Substitute and Surety for all men, is so inconsistent, both with reason and Scripture, that we are obliged to reject the doctrine with abhorrence. No, my soul, how shalt thou be punished if thy Lord endured thy punishment for thee? Did He die for thee? O my soul, if Jesus was not thy Substitute, and did not die in thy very stead, then He is no Saviour to thee! But if He was thy Substitute, if He suffered as thy Surety, in thy stead, then, my soul, “Who is he that condemneth?” Christ hath died, yea, rather, hath risen again, and sitteth at the right hand of God, and maketh intercession for us. There stands the master-argument: Christ “laid down His life for us,” and “if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” If the agonies of the Saviour put our sins away, the everlasting life of the Saviour, with the merits of His death added thereunto, must preserve His people, even unto the end.~ C.H. Spurgeon