Too Late for Lucifer—if God paid the price of man’s sin, how much was the cost? The answer to this question is vital to the believer’s spiritual growth and strength. Most Christians have been taught to say the ‘cross.’ Death on the cross, they say, was the price of sin, but death alone could not pay sin’s price — if death was the cost of sin, then every man could pay for his own sin because all are appointed to die. ~ “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9.27).
The true Biblical account of redemption is a shockingly wise and stealthy campaign conceived before the earth was spoken into existence by the godhead. ~ “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13.8). It says the Lamb was crucified from the foundation of the world. The three members of the Trinity sat down together and contrived the monumental stratagem of redemption and kept it clandestinely occulted from Satan and all of the dark legions until it was too late for Lucifer to escape from ‘his’ own trap. ~ “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1Corinthians 2.7,8).
In the Depths of Hades
It has been said in military terms that the one most indispensable element to a successful assault is ‘surprise.‘ But this was much more than complete surprise, much more than a perfect ambush — God literally employed the devil to destroy himself to his own shame and embarrassment for the eternal ages. The scripture gives the following account of what happened in the depths of Hades when the Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. ~ “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2.15).
When Redemption Becomes a Reality
This is our glory — this is our victory! As long as redemption remains merely a doctrine, that Christian will live a life that is void of the power of God. Doctrine is good and necessary, but doctrine alone is not enough. The mental concepts that are taught must at some point become ‘reality,‘ they must become a vital part of the believer’s daily life. It’s like arithmetic that was strictly an abstract conception until one day when you were old enough to go to the store alone and buy something with your own Money. When you actually summed up the cost of your soda and potato chips, at that point mathematics ceased being an abstract mental concept and started being a ‘genuine factual reality’ in your life. When redemption becomes a reality in the life of the believer, the devil must leave the house and family of that man alone because redemption has become ‘real’ to that man or woman. ~ “(for not the hearers of the law [are] just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified” (Romans 2.13).
The Vital Element
Redemption and forgiveness are two different things. Both are necessary, and one is of no benefit without the other. Forgiveness is a personal act of God toward us; redemption is a legal act of God on our bahalf. In our relationship to the Father in communion, prayer and worship; forgiveness is the vital element. In our relationship to Satan, spiritual warfare against the principalities and powers of the dark regions, and the enforcement of our victory over sin, sickness, poverty and demons; redemption is the vital element. ~ “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed [is] everyone who hangs on a tree”)” (Galatians 3.13).
By His Own Rules
Everyone knows what forgiveness is, but not all are clear about exactly what redemption is. Forgiveness is personal; redemption is legal. God is both our Father and our King. If man had been forgiven but not redeemed, he would still be cursed under the law and be a slave to Satan and to sin. From the beginning to the end of the Bible, God is the author of law and obedience — naturally, God obeys His own laws; He plays by His own rules; therefore, without redemption man would still be under the authority of Satan, for he became subject to Satan by breaking God’s law. ~ “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed [is] everyone who hangs on a tree”)” (Hebrews 9.12).
The Sin of The Whole World
Our redemption is ‘Eternal.’ It is glorious! The word ‘redemption’ is a financial term meaning ‘to purchases something again,’ or to purchase something twice. You have been purchased back from all of your sins and from Satan by the shed blood of the perfect Lamb of God, so that the gavel fell in the Supreme Court of the Universe and you were pronounced eternally righteous and completely free from every evil work by the vicarious Sacrifice of Christ Jesus. So, what was the cost of the sin of the whole world? — 3 days and 3 nights in the heart the heart of the earth. ~ “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12.40).
The ‘Heart of The Earth
And where is the ‘heart of the earth?’ The heart of the earth is hell (hades) — the real price of your sins; not just forgiveness, not just death, not just the cross — the real price of sin is both death and hell. ~ “He, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses” (Acts 2.31,32). But how could one man pay the price for all the sin of the entire world? Not one man, ‘God’ paid the price, and it was three days and three nights.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put [Him] to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see [His] seed, He shall prolong [His] days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, [and] be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
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