In My Sins, God’s Injustice we talked about why God is justified in condemning those who fail to live up to His standard, the Law. We also learned that there is no hope for us to succeed in following His commandments perfectly. So today we will discuss why we don’t have to.
As we discussed before, God has certain requirements for us. These requirements are ultimately rooted in the covenants (or conditional promises) God makes with us. Such as the covenant God made with Adam to not eat from the tree, or with Israel to keep the Law. All of these ultimately failed because we were unable to fulfill our end of the deal.
This is where Jesus comes in. When a person falls short of their side of a deal with God we end up in debt to God. Just like a person who misses a payment on a loan ends up a little bit more in debt. The problem is, our debt is infinite because the God we offend is infinite. As James says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” (James 2:10). So we can’t hope to pay Him back.
But, God can. Since God is infinite He could pay back an infinite debt. Especially since the deal is between Himself and humanity as God said: “Now not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath, but both with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the LORD our God and with those who are not with us here today”. That would be very merciful! But would also compromise His justice. So to be just God must require the debt to be paid by man.
The Hypo-static what!?
This leads us to what the theologians call the hypostatic union. It is a big word to explain who Jesus is. This concept says that Jesus is God who took up human flesh (“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” Colossians 2:9) in order to both be merciful (by paying the debt Himself) and just (by requiring human nature to pay the debt) as Peter teaches, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24.
In the same way that we could not write our name without picking up a pencil God “picked up” human nature to allow Himself to pay the debt in the perfect way.
The New Covenant
In light of the act of Christ God said: “‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant’ “. God made a covenant of faith, salvation through the free grace of God. Paul writes it in this way “But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that he mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6).
Next week I hope to dive in a little more into the nature of God and Christ. How Christ is able to be fully divine and human without compromising the oneness of God and preserving the justice of our Father. As well as how this covenant of free grace works. In the meantime, I would love to hear questions and comments from you. Is this the first time you have heard of the hypostatic union? Has the concept of how Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and how it frees us ever been explained to you? Let me know in the comments below or send me a message through my Contact Page.
Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.