“An Ironclad Contract” ( 1 Peter 3: 18, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“For Christ suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.”


Sins are paid for only one time – not repeatedly. Sins are paid once for all as the Righteous One dies for the unrighteous. We who are sinners are brought to God once – by Christ’s sacrificial death and by His resurrection from the dead. Like any well-formulated, ironclad contract, our salvation is settled.


“Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous live by faith.” (Galatians 3:11) The only person who is righteous, who fulfills the entire law is Jesus. “Everyone who does not continue doing everything written in the book of the law is cursed.” (Galatians 3:10)


Now anyone who claims to do everything written in the book of the law is self-deceived. Jesus says He comes to fulfill the law not destroy it. (Matthew 5:17) He says, “not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18) Jesus’ ability to satisfy God is enough for us — we add nothing to Christ’s finished work. Our contract with God is unbreakable – signed with the blood of our Savior and sealed with His Holy Spirit.


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