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Our Lord says, «Behold, I make all things new.« The beginning was made with the New Covenant. All who truly believe are renewed and born again, they receive new life from God. Paul stated, »Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation …« (2 Cor. 5: 17). God has given us a new life, a new heart, a new spirit, as promised in the Old Testament, through the New Covenant in Christ Who is the beginning of this new divine creation (Rev. 3: 14).

Upon humanity which multiplied by natural begetting through unbelief and disobedience came death and separation from God and the fellowship with Him — the expulsion from paradise. Because the fall into sin happened in flesh and blood, reconciliation and salvation had to be wrought in the same body of flesh and blood. Life is in the blood (Lev. 17: 11), therefore it was necessary that His sacrificial blood and life was given for our reconciliation and salvation. In the Son begotten by the Holy Spirit was the Life of God. »In him was life; and the life was the light of men.« (Jn. 1: 4). In the flesh He became mortal and died. In the Spirit He went down into the lower regions of hell (1 Pt. 3: 18-23) to conquer death, hell and Satan and to give that great victory to all His sons and daughters. The damage caused by Satan through the serpent God turned around and made good as Father through the Son. The way to Paradise is again free. When dying on the cross, the Lord spoke the following words, »Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.« (Lk. 23: 43).

In the garden of Gethsemane the Son of God was praying, fighting the greatest battle when He said, »O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.« (Mt. 26: 39).

»Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour. But for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name (Jn. 12: 27-28).

Dying on Golgotha’s cross, the Son of God cried vicariously for all the sons and daughters of God, bearing their guilt and sin, suffering separation from God as they. We were the ones, forsaken by God. There He took our place and cried in our stead, »My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?« (Mt. 27: 46; Mk. 15: 34), as it was already predicted through the mouth of David in Ps. 22: 1. Dying on the cross, He said, »It is finished« (Jn. 19: 30). Everything happened as foretold in the Old Testament.

All this was necessary according to the Plan of Salvation. From His birth to His death we see the Son of man among men, Who finally in dying spoke the words, »Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit« (Lk. 23: 46). We were the ones who were separated from God; now He stepped in and took our place. He was the One who came forth from God to unite us with God. Since then all of God’s children can say the same when their earthly pilgrimage ends, »Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit!«

To the redeemed the following Scripture applies . »And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and, having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.« (Col. 2: 13-15). Amen! So it is! 

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