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What is meant by Jesus' active and passive obedience? Why are both necessary when providing full satisfaction for His people?



What rich doctrines and comforts are denied by those who do not base their entire salvation upon the satisfaction of the Mediator, Jesus Christ?

    With parting tears, a father approved of his son's desire to bring the Word of God to a primitive, dangerous, cannibalistic tribe. To reach them required several days of traveling by air and land, as well as three days of hiking over rough trails. Rejection and death loomed as a distinct possibility. Yet, the son desired to go.

    What moved this son to leave his life of comfort and peace, and his father to support his plan to go on such a dangerous, faraway mission? Was it not a love for the souls of these heathen people?

    Jesus' willingness to fulfill His Father's plan reflects a far greater sacrifice than this example. Name several ways in which this is true. What moved God the Father and God the Son to approve of, and undertake, such a mission? What does this reveal to us of the love and grace of the one and only Mediator between God and man, and of God who designed the plan of salvation by grace?

Christ's satisfaction as Mediator is personal, actual, and complete, as shown in the following chart:

As Mediator, Christ's Satisfaction Is:

1. Personal: for His elect church, His children

I am the Good Shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

- John 10:11

2. Actual: taking place in time; actually paying the full price for sin and earning the right to eternal li e

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.

- John 19:30

3. Complete: paying the full price for the salvation of His church

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

- Hebrews 10:10,14


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