[July 15]
Through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. Acts 13:38
THE apostle does not refer to something that was done by our Lord as the Archangel before "he was made flesh," nor does he refer to any work to be done by him in his new, highly exalted condition, "set down with his Father in his throne" and partaker of his divine nature; but he here refers to the work done by "the Man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all." Thus the apostle again emphasizes the fact that "as by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead." Yes, this is the center of the Gospel proclamation that the failure of the first perfect man was fully offset by the sacrifice of the Man Christ Jesus, and that it was to this end that it was needful for our Lord to leave the glory which he had with the Father before the world was, to become poor (in the sense of taking our lower nature—but not its blemishes, for he was "holy, harmless, and separate from sinners"); and yielding up this human nature a ransom-price or corresponding price for the life forfeited by father Adam for himself and his race. This is the basis upon which every offer to grace is presented by the Scriptures. And now, he who was the Father's agent in the redemptive work is to be the Father's agent also in the work of "blessing" all the redeemed with ample opportunities for return to divine favor—the first step of which is the forgiveness of sins. Z'97-138 R2150:1 (Hymn 68)