God’s plan of salvation is so simple that the least among the sons of men can grasp enough of it to experience its transforming power. At the same time, it is so profound that no inadequacy has ever been discovered in it. In fact, those who know it best are continually amazed that one, and only one plan of salvation is needed to meet the vast array of spiritual needs among the almost limitless varieties of the needs of men in every race, culture and conditions among the nations of this world.
The heart of God’s plan of salvation centers on the death of Christ. This truth is laid in (Romans 5:8). But demonstrates His own love for us in this, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is the reason for the incarnation of Christ, to be a mediator for God, He must be God. To represent mankind, He must be a man.
The penalty for the sins of man, which must be done away if man is to have fellowship with God, was death. But because God cannot die – Spirit cannot die. And so Christ, the very son of God – “the Word was made flesh and dwell among us” (John 1:4). Note also the following explanation:
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore in all things it beloved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
– Hebrews 2:14-17.
The outstanding event and central doctrine of the News Testament may be summed up in the words, “Christ died for our sins (I Corinthians 15:3).
Christianity is unlike all other religions in the place it assigns to the death of its Founder. All other religions base their claim to greatness on the life and teachings of those who founded them, while the Gospel of Jesus Christ centers around the Person of Jesus Christ especially His death at calvary.
The question, quite naturally comes to mind, if Christ died for all, why then are all not saved? The value of Christ’ death, as marvelous and complete as it is, is not applied to the regenerated until they believe. Each one must experience a believing faith that Christ died for him before he can participate in the benefits of His death for himself (John 8:24, John 3:16).
The death of Christ is sufficient for all, but the efficiency of it is to those who believe.