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July 31th, 2017 - Monday
Vern Sheridan Poythress - In the Beginning Was the Word
Chapter Fifteen - Redemption through Christ
In today’s chapter we mention the Redemption through Christ. Poythress asks, “How can we escape from the effects of the fall? In particular, how can we sort through the mixture of truth and error left by the effects of counterfeiting?” To answer: we need real wisdom to truly escape the effects of the fall. Where do we get wisdom? God is the ultimate source of wisdom. Unfortunately, the fall has brought us away from God, and has alienated us from God. Therefore, we must ask the question of “How do we return to our heavenly father?”
It is very sad to say that the fall has had many effects on mankind. Naturally in this book - In the Beginning Was the Word - we have to concentrate on the effects on language. But the effects have penetrated every area of human life. The immediate effect of the fall into sin was alienation from God and spiritual death. That effect remains to this day, unless Christ rescues people from their alienation. However these effects multiply: physical death among human beings, disease, war, hatred, murder, oppression, sins of many kinds. In addition, the threat of God’s judgement is always around the corner, because God is a just and holy God, and we have behaved unjustly both toward him and toward our fellow human beings.
The feats that Christ undertook to redeem people from both sin and its effects. The redemption that he accomplished is comprehensive, touching on every area infected by the fall. We cannot explore every aspect of the implications of redemption. We will concentrate on its effects on language and on human thinking, because thinking is closely related to language. Christ ascended to heaven, and from there poured out the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit unites us to Christ. Through the instruction of the Holy Spirit we receive wisdom from God. But Christ’s ascension and his gift of the Holy Spirit are only part of his work. We should also consider the role of his crucifixion and his resurrection. First, the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ accomplished a substitutionary exchange. Christ bore the punishment for our sins on the cross, in order that the penalty for our sins might be paid and in order that we might be qualified with the righteousness of Christ, which makes us fit to stand in the presence of God the holy One, and to receive the blessing of the eternal inheritance in Christ. In the crucifixion Christ bore the punishment for sins. Ultimately the work of his atonement is mysterious. But we can infer that it included a cognitive dimension as well. Bearing the wrath of God, and being separated from communion with God, included being separated from communion with God’s wisdom, and so would have included cognitive darkness. This darkness culminated in death, which is loss of knowledge in its normal dimensions. As one aspect of his suffering, Christ suffered cognitive darkness in order that we might receive cognitive light.
The work of Christ results not only in justification but also in sanctification. That is, we who are united to Christ not only enjoy freedom to stand before God on the basis of Christ’s perfect righteousness; we also experience progressive transformation into conformity with the image of Christ. More and more, we obey and serve God in thought, word, and deed.
A third benefit of the work of Christ is the defeat of Satan. The book of Hebrews indicates that Christ defeated Satan in his crucifixion and resurrection: “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Heb. 2:14–15). “He has delivered us from the domain
of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Col. 1:13). Deliverance includes deliverance from the intellectual darkness of Satanic deceit Jesus won a victory against Satan in the resurrection, and that victory is fruitful
in delivering people from the kingdom of Satan. The deliverance takes place at the beginning of the Christian life, when we first believe the gospel. And the deliverance is also progressive, as we come to know the truth more deeply and
cast off deception more thoroughly. The deliverance includes deliverance in thought, as our thinking moves from deceit to truth. It is also deliverance in language, because language and thought go together. We hear and speak the truth in language. Receiving the truth from Christ also helps us to be discerning when we hear deceitful language; we become more adept at filtering it.
1. What are some effects of man’s fall?
2. How does Jesus death affect us?
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