For Christ died for sins, once for all. 1 Peter 3:18a

As we continue our study of 1 Peter, we pick up at verse 17 of Chapter 3.  It says:

“It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison.”
1 Peter 3: 17-19
One of the great truths here is the fact that things are not always as they seem on the surface.   When Christ died on the cross, it looked very bad.  It was a dark day on the outside.  Those who witnessed His death heard Him say, “It is finished.”  They most likely thought He was talking about His life, but we know that He wasn’t.  They probably thought the dream they had of Him being the Messiah was over – but it wasn’t.  God is always working for good in our lives when we walk with Him in love, and it shall be revealed at some point – regardless of what it may look like in the natural.
When the Lord Jesus said, “It is finished”, He was talking about finishing to perfection the old Covenant  – the old Law that had required a sacrifice for a sin every time a sin was committed.  He was talking about Father God accepting His death as the sacrifice for all mankind, and that no other sacrifices were needed.  That was finished.  He was talking about the fact He had taken every sin ever committed, or that every would be committed by every person upon Himself.  The sacrifice of the righteous for the unrighteous.   He was talking about taking away the bondage of man trying to be good enough, and do enough, to feel worthy to come before God.  That was finished for those who would believe in Him.
On the surface it looked like loss, but in reality it was all gain.  A new day.  A new Covenant of Grace and Mercy, and personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus.
He was put to death in the body, but made alive in the Spirit.  They could see the ugly on the surface, but they could not see the beauty that was actually happening in the heavenly realms – above and below.
Ephesians, chapter 4 sheds some light on the passage Peter wrote that says, ” He preached to the spirits in prison”.  Picking up at 4:7 it reads: “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.  This is why it says: ‘When He ascended on high, He led captives in His train and gave gifts to men.’  What does He ascended mean except that He also descended to the lower earthly regions?  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.”  4: 7-10.
This says to me that Jesus went into the depths of hell for us, took the keys of the kingdom from the evil one, set free those being held captive that accepted Him, and took them to a heavenly place.  He did that for them – He did that for all who will accept Him as the Son of God sent to set us free from the prison of sin and death, and bring us home. (John 6:28 – 29)
Christ died for sins, once for all to bring us to God.  It is finished.  He died, but He is absolutely alive.  He was made alive in the Spirit, and was resurrected in His new body, and lives triumphantly as He fills the whole universe as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
We too are made alive in the Holy Spirit when we accept and believe that what He did, He did for each of us individually with each of us in mind.  Let us receive this incredible gift.  Let us be set free in our spirit, soul and body, and in every area of our lives.
You are greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved, God’s Beloveds.  May you be encouraged, and strengthened in this truth and in those gifts of love.
Love to you and yours, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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