The Berean Expositor
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Jesus" because we held to these obvious distinctions; they are manifest and upon the
The great fundamental teaching of redemption and redemptive purposes has suffered
considerably from "generalizing." Things that differ most vitally and essentially are
considered to be synonymous. Conclusions at variance with the teaching of the Word are
drawn from passages dealing with the redemptive work of Christ that speak of two or
more completely separate issues. With many, the death of Christ that is placed over
against the death of Adam, and the cross of Christ which is something more than death,
and is not so contrasted with Adam, are just one and the same thing. With such, the
statements of Scripture that show that Christ died for all, are taken to mean that all are, or
will be, "saved," or, rejecting this, that the word "all" means "some." Neither of these
inferences are true, the fallacy arising from failure to try the things that differ. If we had
no Old Testament Scriptures excuse might be found, but we have them, and the fact is
In the Epistle to the Corinthians the offering of Christ is referred to as "our Passover."
In Hebrews, He "suffered without the gate," in Ephesians He "offered Himself an
offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet-smelling savour," in Galatians He "became a
curse." The book of Leviticus prepares us for this marvellous variety. How it was
possible for the Lord to fulfil the type of the sweet savour offerings consumed in
acceptance upon the altar, and at the same time fulfil the type of the sin offering suffering
the unmitigated wrath of God without the camp, is beyond our understanding, and we are
never called upon to explain. Yet further, the same offering of the Lord was not only
whole burnt offering and sin offering, it was also peace offering, meal offering and
trespass offering. Further still, He was the true Passover Lamb of deliverance, and the
true offering typified on the day of atonement. The same cross that delivered from the
curse of the law (Gal. 3:), spoiled principalities and powers (Col. 2:), reconciled
principalities and powers (Col. 1:), and procured peace (Eph. 2:). The blessed Offerer,
and the wondrous Offering are one, yet who is there that does not realize the things that
differ? If the theme of justification is before us, a different aspect of the offering of
Christ will be presented, than, for instance, the basis of the words "all shall be made
The offering of Christ, accompanied by distinctive issues, includes  (1) Death,
(2) The shedding of blood, (3) The crucifixion and cross, (4) The sufferings,
(5) The giving of life,  (6) The laying down, and pouring out of the soul,
(7) The being made a propitiation.
It is with no light hand we pen these words.  We realize how sacred and how
wonderful are the facts herein expressed. Yet Scripture is explicit, and it behoves us to
follow its teaching and example. If the only requirement of Christ had been death, why
the sufferings? for death is possible without them. If suffering was essential, why the
shame of the Cross? Why the shedding of blood? for death is possible without either.
Every aspect of that wondrous offering is essential, and connected with each is a distinct
line of truth forming part of its wondrous purpose.