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He is Made Unto Us
Part 3
by Scott Price

"But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, He that glorys, let him glory in the Lord." 1st Corinthians 1:30-31

    The basic gospel principle of Representation does not get the attention it deserves among those claiming to preach the true gospel. If the basic essence of this doctrine is dropped from the gospel it leaves salvation conditional on the part of the sinner, turning the message into a "another gospel" or false gospel. The primary focus of the doctrine of Representation is on Who does the representing. That Who, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the object of our faith. The word of God says in 2nd Timothy 1:12, "... I know Whom I believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I committed unto Him against that day." Look up the words "who" and "whom" sometime in your concordance and you will find much comfort in the verses that speak of Christ and His work being our source of joy, comfort, peace, and assurance. We are constantly reminded over and over again that salvation is only in the hands of God alone. His people are taught this by the Spirit of God.

    If Representation could be narrowed down the simplest Biblical phrases I believe it would be, "accepted in the Beloved", which is taken from Ephesians 1:6. God's elect are only and always accepted by Him in the Person of Christ as their Representative. Any other view makes salvation conditioned on the sinner, which is works salvation (a curse). This is part of the "offence of the cross". Christ said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me." Christ is the exclusive way that excludes all other ways. He not only excludes all other ways but specifically the word of God as a whole excludes any way that makes the sinner to perform actions that make the difference between Heaven and Hell, saved or lost. Christ as Representative does all the work, fulfills all the conditions, and gets all the credit. Why is salvation wisely designed this way by God? The verse that precedes our text explains, "That no flesh should glory in His presents." For a further study into the doctrine of Representation you can study Romans 5:12-21, which is probably one of the most concise in the entire word of God.

    To put it in an offensive way to those who hold to salvation by works but also in a way God's people would readily rejoice in, I would simply state that the basic doctrine of Representation teaches, as to the ground and basis of eternal salvation, being accepted in Christ as our Representative means we are NOT responsible for any cause or part in our salvation but rather Christ as our Representative, in our place, took on ALL the responsibilities, conditions, or demands, that were required by God. Christ does this effectual work exclusively for the elect, loved people of God.

    Let us now focus on the next part of our text concerning Christ being "made unto us wisdom." First we must admit the Bible is clear that we from birth lack wisdom and are natural fools in our depravity and sin nature. Foolishness is what we are wrapped in from the time of conception until God reveals Christ to us. We by nature do not know the mind and thoughts of God and our ways do not match His ways. We, in a lost state, always do the things that only SEEM right and are always the absolute wrong ways to think, and do.

    God in His effectual call, by the means of the gospel of free grace, enlightens our minds to the wisdom of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is called the New Birth. This is when we truly see Christ (John 3:3-5, 2nd Cor 4:6), Whom in, speaking of Christ, God has hidden all the treasures of wisdom (Col 2:3). That is how we actually partake and grow in this wisdom.

    What we really want to see is, how Jesus Christ is made unto us wisdom representatively? He is our great Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6). He is our Advocate (Ist John 2:1). He is the very Word of God (John 1:1-14), the living logos (logic) of God. Christ as all these things answers to the Father for us as our Representative, taking on all the responsibility for any wisdom that the Father would require from us. God made Christ to be wisdom for me because I cannot be or have the wisdom that God requires from me as to the ground of, or even the maintenance of eternal salvation. Only Christ is my wisdom. He alone pleads my case and talks for me in His wise mediation fulfilling His continual duties as my Great High Priest and Mediator to God. Thank God for Christ our blessed Representative!

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