Ransom

 

He gave himself a ransom for all”

 

          Those are the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy in 1Tim 2:6 he is speaking about Jesus.  Why did he use the word ransom in this account?  If you look up the word in a dictionary it will say it is a price paid for the release of something held captive.  It seems obvious that Jesus in someway paid a price for something.  Matthew in Matt.20:28 uses this term in speaking of Jesus where it says that he gave his life a ransom.  Mark in Mark 18:45 says the same thing.

          How does all this apply to us?  What was it that mankind lost?  Where did the fear of going to Hell when one dies come from?  Is that why Jesus died?  No! No! No!  Adam lost his life in the Garden of Eden.  There was never any mention of a place where he would burn in agony forever.  It was life that Adam lost and we inherent that penalty from him, that is why we die.  Jesus became a man and came to earth to give his life as a ransom price for Adam and all of Adam’s posterity.  He had to be a man in order to take a man’s place. That is were the word ransom comes in.  That is why the Bible makes such an issue in him being a man. He gave a corresponding price. He took Adams place in death.  Because of what he did you and I and everybody else are promised a resurrection from the dead.  I have a page about the soul.  The idea that man has an immortal soul did not come from the Bible.  When one dies he would stay dead if it were not for Jesus.  That is why those of us that love Jesus and believe that is what he did love him so much.  All will someday learn that.  Isaiah 11:9 says “that the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.” That will come about in the millennial age.  When Christ comes and sets up his kingdom.

          Back to the ransom, we think that this is the pivot point of the Christian religion.  Our salvation depends on what Jesus did.  He paid for out sins.  He has things yet to do.  The scripture we started with about the ransom goes on to say it will be “testified in due time”.  In the meantime people are engrossed in various views about religion and the hereafter.  All are learning about sin and its consequences.  In the millennial age they will learn about doing what is right.  We all know of cases where we feel justice has not been served.  God says that vengeance is mine, Romans 12:19 & Duet. 32 :35.  Someway he will deal justice to those that have been unjust but it will not be by placing them in a place where they will be in agony forever.  There is nothing a man could do that would make that just.

          The Apostle Paul speaks of most of these things in Romans 5:12.  This is what he says, “Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned”.

          That is the penalty in about as few words as it is possible to put it.  Then Paul goes on in the seventeenth and eighteenth verses with this-“For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.  So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life”.

          And Paul called it a “ransom for all”.

          John 5:28 & 29, says this,Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they

that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment”.

          That is what Jesus did for us by paying the ransom.  All will have a resurrection.  Those that have done good are the members of the church that will rule and reign with Christ and be part of the first resurrection.  “You are the body of Christ”. 1Cor.12: 27.  The rest is everybody else.  Their trial for life will be in the millennial age.

I can see were some might say, “I can see how all that may pay for Adam’s sin and our part in it, but all people have sinned individually.  How is that paid for?” Of course the Bible makes it plain that we are all sinners and it also makes it plain that our faith in Christ is what makes any standing with God possible.  That is called being covered by the robe of Christ’s rightesness. Those not covered are not on trial.  That will come in the millennial age. So then you say “it doesn’t matter what we do now”.  But it does matter what we do now because we are developing character.  The more despicable we are now the harder it will be then. Orthodox Christianity thinks it is terrible for anyone to say that anyone not accepting Christ before they die will not go to hell.  I have probably not explained it very well but there are too many reasons to think otherwise than to think that is so. 

          The price has been paid.  We think we are living in the “end times” and it won’t be long until Christ’s kingdom will be established and wonderful things will soon begin happening,  “the restitution of all things as spoken of by all God’s prophets”.  Acts 3:21.