Posted by: missionventureministries | August 18, 2014

WHY DID CHRIST DIE FOR US? – Titus 2:11-14

Titus 2 vs 11-14

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14) 

If one were to ask why Jesus died, a great percentage of church members would usually say that He died to save us from our sins. It is true that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3), but this is not the whole answer, by any means. Too many Christians think of the death of Christ only in terms of what it means for them—not what it meant to Jesus.  

Verse 14 tells us that Christ died for us to redeem us from iniquity, not just to keep us from going to hell, but “to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” He wants a people who will make Him the Lord of their lives that are eager to do good and be holy. The death of Christ was not just to save us, but also to create a group of people peculiarly and particularly dedicated to Himself.  

“Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,… that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25, 27). It was the work of Christ upon the cross, as He gave Himself for the church, that made her washed, cleansed, and glorious, without spot or wrinkle, and set apart to Him. 

 “He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:15). The very reason that Christ died as our representative, was so that our old rebellious life might die on the cross with Him, and we would be liberated and raised up with Him to live a new life—no longer rebellious, no longer obsessed with self, but now living for Him, the rightful Lord and ruler of all.

If we are going to join ourselves to Christ and thus receive the benefit of dying with Christ on the cross, then our old life is over. We are a completely new person; and have a new Spirit inside us. We desire to live a completely new life—no longer for our own rebellious self, which is now dead, but for Christ who for our sake died and was raised. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

This is why it is unthinkable that we should come to Christ in repentance for the forgiveness of our sins… and then go straight back and wallow in them as if nothing has happened. The very reason God has rescued us out of the domain of darkness, slavery and sin, and transferred us to the kingdom of his Son, is so that we may live a new life of godliness and holiness ‘in Him’.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

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  1. amen.


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