When you ask people what Jesus did for them, many will respond by saying he died to pay for their sins.  That’s true but is that the whole story?

     It’s not.  Jesus not only died for us; he also lived for us!  Throughout his life he kept the commandments perfectly.  “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  (Hebrews 4:15)   But that’s just the beginning.  God credits all that commandment- keeping, all that perfect living, all that righteousness, to believers.  “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  That according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)  Jesus has become my righteousness.  I have been saved by works – Jesus’ works which he worked for me.

    This is what Isaiah was talking about when he said:  “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful to my God; for he hath clothed me with garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (61:10). Note that Isaiah said the Lord clothed him – the Lord covered him with the robe of righteousness.  Isaiah’s robe of righteousness was given him by the Lord.

     That’s the same thing Jesus was talking about in the parable of marriage of the king’s son in Matthew 21.  There the man without the wedding garment was cast into outer darkness.  What is so instructive about that parable is that the custom at royal weddings was that the king would supply a wedding garment for the guests.  It would be his gift to them.  We don’t know, but the man who was cast out might have been well-dressed.  But he wasn’t dressed in the wedding garment that the king had supplied.  By not wearing that garment, he dishonored and angered the king.  He was thrown out into outer darkness.  The thought that these wedding garments were gifts of the king also fits into the context of the parable because the king’s servants went out into the highways and byways to get guests – guests who would not have had the time or probably even the means to get a wedding garment of their own. 

     Jesus perfectly wove my robe of righteousness for me with his perfect life.  Every good work he did was another thread of that robe.  God has now given it to me as a gift to me.  With Isaiah and Paul I give all glory to the Lord. 

5 Responses to “WHAT DID JESUS ALL DO FOR US?”

  1. August 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Not only that, but if we clothe ourselves with our own righteousness, we clothe ourselves with filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)

  2. 2 Todd Wood
    August 21, 2008 at 3:36 am

    Verily, Keith.

    This is next week’s chapter for our church family study in Ammon, Idaho.

    Mark, I love the great transaction . . . our filthy rags in exchange for His glorious righteousness.

    The garment exchange of the priest Joshua comes to mind as well.

  3. August 21, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    What is it that is not getting through to you about the “Works” contraversy?

    Mormons do not think their works get them to Heaven. It is not a matter of Beleiving Christ did all that was needed to grant us Salvation, We do not have a problem accepting this.
    What you seem bent not to accept is that what you call “Works” is required! It is required not by the Gospel but by ourselves. I require myself to serve God and do his will! do you do less?
    My faith requires me to do what I can, this attitude helps me stay away from sin and slothfulness. What do you do just because your Faith requires it?

    Instead of talking like you know the intentions and understanding of another person or group, try talking about what you really do know. Talk about your views on the gospel and your values.

  4. 4 markcares
    August 22, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Josehp Smith said: “To get salvation we must not only do some things, but everything which God has commanded.”

  5. August 22, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Ok mark,
    What was the context in which he said this?

    You may not think so, but context is so important that without it the intire meaning of a statment could be lost. Like when Jesus said, “Be still…” Without the correct contect that could be seen as some odd thing, say, when he turned over thr tables of the mony changers in the Temple lot. But with the correct context we understnad that he spoke “Be still.” and the waters that raged around the boat went placid and the men in the boat were conforted. See how in the correct context we can relate to the information.

    I am sure he was speaking to members of the Church at the time, and as members we already reached the point where we have received “Salvation” but to many we are given more than the basic knowledge of the Gospel, and where much is given much is required.

    When the mysteries of the universe are reveled to you, you have a greater responcibility then you have had before. More is then required than for others who do not know these things.

    ***On a side note***
    Be at peace mark, for God is watching over you, and you are safe, but there are some who are not safe and do not know the dangers that lye around them. These people are easily lead by your words and that is what I have an issue with. You do not yet know the power of your writing, or you would be more responcible with it.

    If you truly seek after the knowledge of all things spiritual, you should know now that you will take upon yourself more requirement than you have at this moment. That is the way of things both of God and of Wisdom.

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