Christ Our All

Michael Reeves is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors. I have recommended his books on the Reformation and the Trinity in the past. Today I finished his most recent book, Christ Our Life. Yep, you guessed it, I heartily recommend this book as well. Here’s a quick sampling:

…Christ took or assumed our flesh and blood in order to heal it of its sin: he would take it through death into a new life, and bring it back to God. (pg. 36)

To heal this race of Adam, he (Christ) could not just appear in a body, cobbled together and brought down from heaven; he had to take Adam’s flesh and blood. Of course, he could have started a wholly new human race by taking dust afresh from the ground, as he’d done with Adam. But that would do us no good. The old race of Adam would be left, entirely unaffected by what he did. (pgs. 36-7)

So Christ died in our place and suffered where we did not. But he was the Last Adam, the head of the new humanity, and therefore, just as all who are born in Adam share Adam’s fate, so all who are reborn in Christ share his. All who are members of Christ’s body experience what happened to that body. We died with him. Our old identity was slaughtered, speared and buried with Christ (Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:3). His death, not our sin, is our past. (pg. 49)

It’s just the answer for the Christian dogged by failure and the whisperings of the accuser. Instead of trying to top up the work of the cross by offensive attempts to buy God off, and instead of trying to sweep our guilt under improved behaviour, we can own up to it, knowing it can no longer define us. We have a new identity in Christ: we died with him; and now where he is in newness of life, there we shall be also. (pg. 51)

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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