Here is a double work of Christ which Paul distinctly declares in
<450803> Romans 8:3 ? ?For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh? The meaning is that God did through Christ what the law could not do, namely, accomplish deliverance for humanity. He did this by sending his son in a stature, which in us is identified with sin. In connection with sin peri< aJmarti>av , and as an offering for sin, God condemned sin, by condemning Christ. Expositor?s Greek Testament, in loco : ?When the question is asked, In what sense did God send his Son ?in connection with sin?, there is only one answer possible. He sent him to expiate sin by his sacrificial death. This is the center and foundation of Paul?s gospel; see <450325>Romans 3:25 sq .? But whatever God did in condemning sin he did through Christ. ?God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself? ( <470519>2 Corinthians 5:19); Christ was the ?condemner,? as well as the condemned; conscience in us, which unites the accuser and the accused, shows us how Christ could be both the Judge and the Sin bearer.
(d) Our personality is not self-contained. We live, move and have our being naturally in Christ the Logos. Our reason, affection, conscience and will are complete only in him. He is generic humanity, of which we are the offshoots. When his righteousness condemns sin, and his Love voluntarily endures the suffering, which is sin?s penalty, humanity ratifies the judgement of God, makes full propitiation for sin and satisfies the demands of holiness.
My personal existence is grounded in God. I cannot perceive the world outside of me nor recognize the existence of my fellow men, except as he bridges the gulf between the universe and me. Complete self-consciousness would be impossible if we did not partake of the universal Reason. The smallest child makes assumptions and uses processes of logic which are all instinctive but which indicate the working in him of an absolute and infinite Intelligence. True love is possible only as God?s love flows into us and takes possession of us so that the poet can truly say: ?Our loves in higher love endure.? No human will is truly free, unless God emancipates it; only he whom the Son of God makes free is free indeed. ?Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work? ( <503512>Philippians 2:12,
13). Our moral nature, even more than our intellectual nature, witnesses that we are not sufficient to ourselves, but are complete only in him in whom we live and move and have our being ( <510210>Colossians 2:10;
<441728> Acts 17:28). No man can make a conscience for himself. There is a
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