Jesus Died To Establish A New Human Condition

A new human condition.Jesus is unique. There has been none like Him since Adam infected humankind with selfishness and death. No other man has had a sinful mother and a sinless Father. This is the perfect combination to cure our sinless condition: able to sin like us, but also able to love like God. In the mind of Jesus, the principle of agape love and the principle of selfishness battled it out. All of the spectators in this drama knew that if love could win in the mind of Christ, then it could win in the lives of men in the same way. How? Because, by demonstrating that a perfect life is possible through faith in God, Jesus earned the right to gift us the perfect character He developed, giving us a chance to develop a perfect life in the same way (through faith in Him). In this way, life could overcome death in the human family.

Tim Jennings Explains This New Human Condition

“Adam infected humanity with selfishness and humanity could not live unless the law of life was restored. Christ’s selfless life, lived in tempted human flesh, did just that. The only way to destroy selfishness was for God to experience the temptation to act selfishly in a human brain and choosing to love perfectly instead. This established a new perfect human condition. Thus Christ destroyed selfishness (the basis of death) and perfectly restored love (the basis of life) back into humanity. The resurrection was the inevitable outcome of this law of love being restored, as predicted in scripture: ‘The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.’ Psalm 19:7

“Christ procured the remedy. ‘Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…’ Hebrews 5:8-10 But wasn’t He always perfect? No. He was always sinless, but character cannot be created. It must be developed by the exercise of the freewill choices of the intelligent being. Once he developed a perfect human character He became the source of salvation and healing…”

Not Just Pie In the Sky

So we can see that the perfect life that Christ lived is much more than just a sinless example for us to emulate. Through Christ’s perfect life God is not just offering us pie in the sky, but is actually offering us the hard-copy tools available through a new human condition to do exactly as Christ has done.

“The law requires righteousness—a righteous life, a perfect character—and this man has not to give. He cannot meet the claims of God’s holy law. But Christ, coming to the earth as man, lived a holy life, and developed a perfect character. These He offers as a free gift to all who will receive them. His life stands for the life of men.” Ellen White, The Desire of Ages 762

God is a physician, a healer. The new human condition He offers men is one of the crucial ways the life and death of Christ heals men. No atonement model is complete without the substitution of His perfect life in the place of man’s failure, for man must not only see the truth but he must also be able to live the truth.

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