"But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons" (Galatians 4:4-5).
God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this wicked world so that we might obtain eternal salvation for His name's sake. The Father sent Him "when the fullness of time came," or at the proper time. He divinely appointed the perfect moment to send the Messiah to this earth to save His people. "God sent forth His Son." This confirms Jesus' preexistence as the second person of the trinity. His existence didn't begin in the manger - He never had a beginning because He is from "everlasting to everlasting" (Psalm 90:2). The Ancient of Days came to us as a newborn baby. He is "the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end" (Revelation 22:13), "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8). Sent by the Father, the eternal Son of God willingly left His home of perfection and utter bliss to this world of filthy iniquity. God became a man. God, possessing complete authority and limitless power, became a man. He remains 100% God yet He also takes on humanity, causing Him to also be 100% man. The Sovereign King of the Universe humbled Himself and became a lowly Nazarene. Jesus was "born of a woman." This proves His humanity. He came into this world the same as everyone else did. Likewise, He was "born under the Law." Everyone is to obey the commands of the Law, including Jesus. That naturally came with being a human, but unlike us, He never transgressed. He upheld His state of sinless perfection. He was "tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). Since He fulfilled the Law in righteousness, He is now able to redeem us who are under the Law. By taking His own sinless body of flesh to the cross, He paid the penalty for our failure to keep the Law. We once were pinned down under the Law, unable to escape the penalty of our own transgressions, but Jesus Christ redeemed us and set us free. We're guaranteed eternal life with our Savior as He is crushed under the wrath of the Father, taking upon Himself the punishment that we deserve. After suffering through our punishment, He arose from the dead and conquered the fear of death forever. We no longer fear death because when our life on earth comes to an end we will take on immortal bodies so that we might forever be with the One who died and rose for us. Jesus descended from on High so "that we might receive the adoption as sons." He came down to His own creation to be mocked and beat and ridiculed so that His people could be reconciled to God. He has made a way to deliver us from the bondage of being children of the devil so that He might adopt us as His own children. We can become sons and daughters of the Most High! Jesus Christ humbled Himself and stepped down out of glory to take on the form of a man. He laid aside His divine reputation to be a lowly carpenter. As a man, He still possessed His divine nature, never inheriting human nature, therefore, He was God manifest in the flesh - fully God, fully man - this is the only way we could have obtained salvation. A man couldn't have been a sufficient and unblemished sacrifice yet God couldn't have died, so that's why Jesus had to be both man and God in order to grant us salvation. He had to live a perfect life (something God could do), yet He also had to die (something man can do). Our Savior needed to be both God and man, and so He was. Now that God came to this world in the likeness of humans, we can be reconciled to Him through adoption. The Lord Jesus Christ was born into this world so that He could live a sinless life to deliver us from the condemnation that the Law brings and willingly die and rise from the dead in order to gather His people to be reconciled to God through adoption. He came to show us the way to God. Praise God for sending forth His Son!
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear" (Isaiah 59:1-2). The human race once shared in sweet communion with the Creator. It wasn't until the first people sinned against Him that our relationship was severed. He created the universe and everything in it, including us, and "God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). Everything was going well until we sinned and separated ourselves from the Creator. Our iniquity is what brought about the curse of death. The only way to be reconciled to God once again was if we were restored to that state of being "very good." God won't allow anything less than "very good" to even step foot into His presence. He is perfectly holy yet we are dreadfully sinful. How could we ever be reconciled to Him? We're complete opposites. What must He find in us? What must we have? The answer: Righteousness. We must be perfectly righteous in order to be reconciled to the holy God. But we're miserable wretches..How could we ever be made righteous? Besides, even if we could live the rest of our lives in complete holiness, we've already been wallowing around in our own filthy iniquity up to this point. How could that be erased from our record? God has told us what to do. In Deuteronomy 6:25 He makes this known to us through Moses: "And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He hath commanded us." We could be reconciled to the Creator if only we would have kept every single commandment that He has given to us from our first cry to our very last breath. All we had to do was never transgress against Him, never do anything contrary to His nature. The only problem with this is that, because of our sin nature, it would have been impossible to live a sinless life since birth. His commandments, the Law of God, has never been kept in entirety by us sin-laden humans. When we look at the Law, it doesn't show us our obedience to Him, rather, it shows us our transgressions against Him. "Now we know that what things soever the Law saith, it saith to them who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin" (Romans 3:19-20). We stand condemned before the Law of God. We've all fallen short. No matter how desperately we've tried to gain our own righteousness by the law, we've all failed miserably. This perfect righteousness cannot be found within ourselves. There's someone far greater, far superior, to even the "goodest" person on earth. His name is Jesus. God sent His only Son is the likeness of sinful flesh "that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:4). Jesus of Nazareth lived in complete righteousness His entire earthly life. He never once transgressed against the Father. Through His righteousness we can be made righteous, and every sin we've committed from the cradle to the deathbed can be taken away. When the Spirit abides in us, through the work of Christ, God looks at us as if we fulfilled the Law in perfect righteousness, as if we've never once sinned against Him. It was entirely the deeds of Jesus that gives us this righteousness. As humans, we still sin and will continue to sin until the day we die, but through the work of Jesus, we no longer have to be seen as sinners in the Father's sight. We can be justified before Him! Now through His righteousness we can be reconciled to God! Christ's righteousness is imputed to our account as our sin is imputed to His account, "for He hath made Him be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). It was mercy the nailed our Savior to the tree. We deserved to pay the penalty for living our lives in unrighteousness, but He bore the wrath on our behalf. He lived His life in perfect righteousness and fulfilled every demand of the Law, yet He was treated as though the life of iniquity that we lived was His own. Our own works aren't able to save us because they fall woefully short of God's great demands but Christ's work fulfills them. The song "His Robes for Mine" beautifully describes the grace of imputation and justification.
His Robes For Mine
His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.
I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone.
His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.
His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.
His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!
Praise the Lord for making "Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21)! "When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy..." (Titus 3:4-5). Thanks be to our glorious Savior for exchanging His robes for ours!
"The only works of righteousness that will ever justify me are the works of Christ."
I'm a twenty one year old Christian saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Praise the great name of our glorious Savior!!
Go serve your King!"