For he has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:13 & 14.
Did Christ suffer in man’s stead?
Mosheim was a Lutheran church historian in 1716. He believed that Origen was entirely ignorant of the doctrine of Christs substitutional sacrifice.
Did Christ die in man’s behalf?
Origen a first century writer, actually was correct in saying “Life is a discipline, a conflict under the permission and leading of God, which will end with the conquest and destruction of evil. According to Origen all spirits will, in the form of their individual lives, be finally rescued and receive restoration and be glorified.
Glorified apokatastasis. Strong's #605: apokatastasis (pronounced ap-ok-at-as'-tas-is)
from 600; reconstitution: --restitution.
Thayer's Greek Lexicon: apokatastasis
1a) of a true theocracy
1b) of the perfect state before the fall
Part of Speech: noun feminine
Relation: from G600
Acts 3:21: "receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken"
Let’s read in Content:
Acts 3:17-26 17 “My fellow Jews, I realize that neither you nor your leaders realize the grave mistake you made. 18 But in spite of what you’ve done, God has fulfilled what he foretold through the prophets long ago about the sufferings of his Anointed One. 19 And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence. 20 And he will send you Jesus, the Messiah, the chosen one for you. 21 For he must remain in heaven until the restoration of all things has taken place, fulfilling everything that God said long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For has not Moses told us:
‘The Lord your God will raise up a prophet from among you who is like
Listen to him and follow everything he tells you.
23 Every person who disobeys that prophet will be cut off and completely destroyed.’
24 “In fact, every prophet from the time of Samuel onward has prophesied of these very days! 25 And you are heirs of their prophecies and of the covenants God made with your fathers when he promised Abraham, ‘Your descendant will bring blessing to all the people on the earth.’
26 “Now that God raised up his Son, (Jesus, the Messiah) he has chosen to send him first to you that he might bless you by turning each one of you from your wickedness.” (evil lies you believe)
It is the resurrection of Christ that became the apostolic center of their preaching in the book of Acts. You don’t see any statements that they taught you will burn in hell for all eternity. Every day they went out into the world and preach the love of God to all people. If you preach the love of God to people, I bet and I believe they would choose Christ as soon they could. Christ die in man’s behalf
But if you preach a doom and gloom God who’s going to hate them if they don’t receive Christ, you have just shut their hearts to believe that there is a God that will never love them, because they know they’ve done wrong. We don’t need doom and gloom preachers. We need people to preach the love of God no matter who you are no matter what happened in your life and no matter what lifestyle. However, you are living realize now his love has always been there for you since before you were created. Restitution is complete, final and waiting for you to see Him inside of you.
So, what does this mean? Christ Died on Mans Behalf.
The time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets.
What were the Jews waiting for their whole life?
They were waiting for the Messiah to come and bring a new kingdom. A kingdom that lived in all people not just available for the Jews. Jesus came first to the Jews to say here I am, I’m the Messiah, I have come for you. This is the good news that you have been waiting for. But the leaders had become so deceived in their own power and their own wants that they chose Caesar to be their king instead of recognizing Jesus. Jesus was never coming to the earth to be a ruler in a physical form Himself as the Romans were rulers in a physical form. Christ Died on Mans Behalf.
Jesus came before 70 A.D. abolished the temple, the sacrificial worship system, and the Commonwealth that Israel had created with all the neighboring nations. This passage is talking about how Jesus Christ then came as the real living Messiah in the flesh and he came to bring restitution to all that Satan had lied to Adam and Eve about. He lied that they were separated from God and God did not love them anymore. We know that is a lie because God made skins to cover them, meaning he made restitution.
Now Jesus has come bringing his skin, his shed blood, his righteous sacrifice on man’s behalf. He did not suffer in man’s place, he came and died for us in our place. It was not about the suffering it was about him reconciling the planet back to himself through the power of God the Father and their joint plan to redeem all. Christ die in man’s behalf. Not one person was left out of all.
Our whole point in life is really to learn discipline, moral integrity and learning the love of God lives in all. When God works with us during our life, we go through many situations some terrific some not. But what we need to focus on is that Jesus did it for every single person that includes you.
For Christ taught that he died on man’s behalf accomplishing restitution for all Humanity.
Pastor Valerie Rounsfull 7/9/2020