The Testimony of Your Conscience

April 7: Jesus Christ: Our Substitute

11 John 2:2

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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Everything that Jesus did in His substitutionary work He did for you. There was nothing in the substitutionary work that He needed to do for Himself. This is why it is called “substitutionary” work. He did not do it for Himself; He did it for you. Everything that He received from the Father, He received for the Church. When He ascended up on high, and led captivity captive, He received gifts for the Church, for us. The Lord Jesus Christ did not need to do anything for Himself in His death and resurrection. He was and had never been bound by sin, sicknesses and diseases. He was never a slave to Satan’s dominion in His earth walk until He took our place in His substitutionary work, hence, He could not have done all that He did for Himself. He did all for us. The Church of Jesus Christ therefore is the beneficiary of Jesus’ substitutionary work vitally. He did it for the world too, though. But until they come to hear and believe the Gospel and become born again, it’s not theirs vitally; it is only theirs legally. Salvation therefore is vital access into the blessings of Jesus’ substitutionary work for us.
The Church of Jesus Christ has received all the blessings of Jesus’ substitutionary work. It’s all ours to enjoy and be thankful to God for. We are beneficiaries of the blessings of redemption. It therefore is our privilege to bestow these blessings upon the world through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church disseminates Jesus’ fragrance, the knowledge of His glory. The Church disseminates the fullness of His wealth, His dominion and glory. You must furnish yourself with the understanding of this vital truth, that you have come into the blessings of grace and of the finished works of Jesus Christ. You need to understand the seed that produced you. You ought to live out His glory and dominion. Your life ought to reflect His glory, His reign and power. You ought to be living the life of the One who took your place to the end that you might take His place. You must begin to live in the awareness of the substitutionary work of Christ. The substitutionary work of Christ empowers you to stand above all the wiles of the devil and lay hold on your privileges in Christ. By reason of the nature of God in you, you have been empowered to live the God-kind of life. You have the seed of God for godliness and for practical demonstration of your righteousness in fruitfulness, in prosperity and dominion. You have been given the ability to remain prosperous, to remain healthy and to remain safe. Rule and reign! 

My Solid Front (Confession):

I  declare that Jesus has been made a substitute for me. His stripes were for me. He died in my place, He was buried for me and was raised to life for my justification. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father for my benefit. I was raised together with Him and now I am reigning with Him. Amen.

Further Meditation:

1 John 4:10; Hebrews 2:14.