Jesus is our Great Redeemer, our Representative, the Second Adam, and the bringer of the Great Reset.
20 Death and Destruction (Abaddon-hell) are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes [as long as the Old Covenant lasted; Christ made this verse obsolete by beating death, robbing hell, and redeeming mankind].
Putting the consequences of spiritual death off until it could be dealt with on the cross is what I call the Great Reset. Let’s look at some Scriptures that explain this event:
25 God showed that Christ is the throne of mercy where God’s approval is given through faith in Christ’s blood. In his patience God waited to deal with sins committed in the past. Romans 3:25
This verse shows us several things that were going on spiritually:
- “Atonement” is used in other versions for throne of mercy. The root word refers to the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant. Atonement actually means “At-one-ment” or “reconciliation.”
- The only way for us to be reconciled to God was for Him to forgive us. There is no amount of punishment that we can endure to make up for the consequences of sin. So, in mercy, God wipes the debt clean with the blood of Jesus.
- Although physical consequences were in effect, the spiritual consequence of eternal separation was put off until Jesus reversed the effects of sin on the cross. As through Adam sin came into the world, sin was remediated through the second Adam, Jesus Christ. Both were representatives of mankind. “Had the spiritual and earthly powers of the day known this fact, they never would have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8).
38 Peter [said] to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
There is an interesting footnote concerning the term, “repent,” in the New American Bible,
“Repent and be baptized: repentance is a positive concept, a change of mind and heart toward God reflected in the actual goodness of one’s life. It is in accord with the apostolic teaching derived from Jesus (Acts 2:42) and ultimately recorded in the four gospels. Luke presents baptism in Acts as the expected response to the apostolic preaching about Jesus and associates it with the conferring of the Spirit (Acts 1:5; 10:44–48; 11:16).”
We tend to think of repentance as begging forgiveness when it really means, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act” (from the Names of God Bible). Consider when Jesus met Peter on the shore; did He require Peter’s apology? No. Instead, He said, “Peter, do you love Me? Feed my lambs” (John 21:15-17). Peter showed his repentance (his change of mind and heart) through his obedience.
For us, the moment we turn our intentions to obedience, the Holy Spirit empowers us. We become filled with the Spirit for the first time. Is it a resurrection? You Bet! We are born again. We begin to follow Jesus, and things are never the same. WE are never the same. Jesus pressed the Grand Reset on our lives. NO MORE CONSEQUENCES (Romans 8:1-2 notice the italics)! Jesus bore them on the cross.
24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
If sin is a disease, then Jesus is the Great Physician. He took our disease upon Himself, died, and took it to the grave so that mankind would no longer have to live with such a disease. It was… The Great Reset.
Abba, thank You for dying so that I would not have to spiritually. Being reunited with the Father through You is beyond words. Thank You for living in me via Your Spirit. May I show my undying gratitude through my obedience to You. Amen.