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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

What Did Jesus Really Achieve on the Cross?



MARCH 28, 2010

What did Jesus actually accomplish on the cross? Who did He accomplish it for. Who did Jesus die for?

Some one asked, "What do you do?" I said, "I am a Teacher of Theology at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, in Minford, Ohio." "Oh! What is that may I ask?" I said, "I teach the Bible from God's point of view." "Really!"


Now we know that the reason why Christ died on the Cross was for the ATONEMENT OF OUR SINS. The death of Christ was necessary for God to be able to forgive us of our sins and make it possible that God could save us. Our sins were forgiven as a result of Christ's death on the Cross.

Today's message is a theological message. We all know about the Cross, we know that Jesus Christ did die on the cross. We know that Jesus Christ had to die on the Cross, even though we might not know why exactly.


We might know the why? But we might not know for whom did Christ die? And we might not know what did Christ accomplish in His death on the Cross. So let us look at this today.

Generally most people will say that Jesus Christ died for "everybody, of course!"

So we are going to look into this matter of whom did Christ die for.

Here is the question: Did Jesus die for those who had already died before the Cross?

Many people before 33 AD had died who were awaiting eternity in hell. And when Jesus die He knew it would do them no good.

Here is the question then: Did Jesus bear the punishment for their sins?

In the Old Testament, where the sacrifice offerings were made, just exactly did it do for the other nations? Did the sacrifice actually pay for, and cover the sins of everyone in the whole world? And if true, why was God still angry with these other nations? If Divine wrath is satisfied by ;means of the lamb's propitiatory sacrifice for sin, then God's anger is averted, and He is happy rather than angry with people, right?

Isaiah 53:4-11. Vs. 11. Whose iniquities does Jesus bear? Those who He made righteous. Cf. Matthew 1:21.

What was Jesus intention of the Cross? Jesus will save His people from their sins. Matthew 20:28. John 10:11, 14-16, 26-30.
John 17:6-11.
Jesus said, I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand."

What are you saying Pastor, Teacher of Theology? Jesus's intercession here was not for everyone in the world, but for those the Father gave to Him

Acts 10:28 and Ephesians 5:25-29.

So what did the death of Christ on the cross accomplished: "Christ died for our sins." 1 Corinthians 15:3.Which means that His death paid the debt those sins created. His death removed the wrath of God from me. His death purchased heaven for me. It really accomplished those thing!"

So the question is, what would the death of Christ mean to the unbeliever in hell. Was their debt for sin paid for? Why is he paying again in hell? Was the wrath lifted? The curse removed?

You might say, as I have in the pasted. "The only reason people go to hell is becauses of the sin of rejecting Jesus, not because of all the other sins of their life." Is this true? Well, not really. Colossians 3:5-6. So people will who reject Jesus really will be punished for their specific sins, not just for rejecting Jesus.

In what sense did Christ taste death for the sins of those in hell? Are they still guilty for their sins and still suffer punishment for their sins, and if so what happen on the cross for their sins? 'Was their sins cancelled?

Here is what Christ did on the cross. Hebrews 10:14; Hebrews 9:28:
Isaiah 53:4-6.
Jesus obtained by His blood is the wiping out of all my sins, covering them, bearing them in His own body, so that they can never bring me to ruin.

Did Christ's sacrifice perfect for all time everybody on the planet? Surely not. Unless you believe in universalism, that everyone will be saved.

John 15:13-16; Galatians 2:20.

So who did Christ save? Revelation 5:9-10. Jesus redeemed by His blood people out of every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

Revelation 7:9-10 tells us a great multitude that no one could number will be save.

Well what about I John 2:2? The whole world means people of all kinds, including Jews, Gentiles, Greeks and Romans..

John 6:37-38. The Son loses none of those given to Him by the Father.

Well what about Hebrews 2:9? Doesn't everyone mean everyone? No, not always. Note then verse 10-13.

Christ's work on the cross achieved all of the Divine purpose for it. From eternity God designed the plan that He would save millions and Christ died on the Cross not in vain, but gave Himself for His sheep, His Church and finished the work of redemption for all in this number. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, based on Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone.