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price for man's sin and his breaking of the Covenant of Works (Christ's passive obedience). The work of bearing the full punishment of sin had to be accomplished by Jesus Christ in order for the grace of the forgiveness of sins to be freely given to sinners.

    On Dr. Adam Clarke's tomb in London, the figure of a candle completely consumed in its socket is engraved with the words, "In giving light to others, he has been consumed." A beautiful confession - why? While this statement can be partially true when referring to various persons, it is totally and infinitely true only when speaking of Christ.

    When Jesus Christ was consumed by God's wrath against sin and was dying on the cross, we read that the people, the chief priests, scribes, and elders mocked Him, saying, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save" (Matthew 27:42a).

    In a manner in which these mockers never realized, their statement expressed a profound truth. In order to save others, he could not save Himself - why not? How are the two parts of this statement directly related? If He had chosen to save Himself, what would have happened to "the others," to His church?

    As Covenant Head of His children, He could not save Himself. How is this meaning different from that which the mockers of Jesus had in view?

Why does a sinner need both Christ's active and passive obedience? Which delivers from hell? Which opens heaven? How is Jesus Christ a perfect Substitute and complete Savior for His church as the Head in the Covenant of Grace?

  • Profound - Significant; intense; deep

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