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The miracle of the resurrection of Christ is not that He who is Life could conquer death. Christ is the Creator of all things and by Him all things consists (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17). The miracle of the resurrection is that Christ by His obedience and substitutionary death has perfectly satisfied God's law and justice on behalf of God's elect. He, by His one sacrifice for sin, established peace between God and men, thus, enabling God to be just when He justifies sinners on the ground of the righteousness of Christ imputed and received by faith. This is how every one of God's people are counted righteous and accepted in His favor, even Abraham of old. "Now it was not written for his (Abraham's) sake alone, that it (the righteousness Christ) was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION" (Rom. 4:23-25). Christ did not become incarnate, suffer, die, arise again, and ascend to the Father as a private Person. He did this as the Representative and Surety of the whole election of grace. Everyone of God's elect were in the Person of Christ. Everything Christ did, He did in OUR name and in OUR nature. Everything He accomplished was stored up for us in Him, so that in each generation He would make us actual partakers of all that was stored up for us in Him. He communicates it to us at the new birth. His resurrection signifies His fulfillment of His priestly duties in satisfying law and justice on our behalf, establishing a righteousness for us, and ascending to His rightful position of pre-eminence to give His sheep eternal life (17:2). His resurrection is the earnest pledge that all for whom He died shall live eternally.
--- Bill Parker
“Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” (Romans 6:11) Our sins were crucified with Christ. They were put to death when He died, for He was our covenant head, and we were legally represented by Him. The law has no more right to condemn us that it has to condemn Him. Justice is bound to deal with us as it has with our Saviour. “He that is dead is freed” from the sin for which He died; so are we! If we do not see this complete mortification in Him, sin will reign in us. No sin can be crucified in heart or life unless it be first pardoned in conscience. If the believer does not see HIS PERFECT DEADNESS IN CHRIST, he will open wide a door to unbelief. If a believer does not see HIS COMPLETENESS IN CHRIST, he leaves room for attacks of self righteousness and legalism. If Christ be not all, self will feed personal merit and importance.
--- William Romaine
CHRIST REDEEMED HIS PEOPLE
We do not read in the Scriptures that Christ died to purchase eternal happiness for sinners. Rather, we find that He died to redeem His people. "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and redeemed His people" (Luke 1:70). The church is said to be His "purchased possession" (Ephesians 1:14). "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law" (Galatians 3:13). In due time He came into this world "to redeem them that were under the law" (Galatians 4:5). "Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity" (Titus 2:14). "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" (Revelation 5:9). Peter said "ye were redeemed...with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18-19). Paul instructed the elders in the church at Ephesus to "feed the church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood" (Acts 20:28). "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us" (Hebrews 9:12). The gracious Benefactor redeemed spiritually bankrupt beggars by His blood. We were in debt to His justice, an indebtedness which we had no ability to pay and about which, by nature, we had no knowledge or concern. The Lord Jesus Christ, by His sacrifice unto death, rendered to His own law the required payment of the ransom. His people were freed from the claims of the law by rightful, legal, justice-satisfying purchase. "Then He is gracious unto him and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom" (Job 33:24). There is not a single sin laid to the charge of those people whose ransom price Jesus Christ has paid. In the Old Testament, the high priest offered to God the appointed sacrifice for the cleansing of the children of Israel. "For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD" (Leviticus 16:30). If the typical blood cleansed the people ceremonially, how much more must the blood of Christ, offered unto God, perfectly, thoroughly and eternally deliver His people from all sin and make them righteous before the Lord! The result of the ransom price paid by Christ was the real and actual redemption of His people.