Third-party payments ruin everything. Health care is the prime example. If I have to pay out of my pocket every time I go to the doctor, I will go to the doctor less. If someone else pays for me to go to the doctor, I will go to the doctor more.
Insurance was set up to spread costs among many people. It seemed like a good idea at the time, until economics reared its head. Once people found out they can go to the doctor and not have to pay hardly anything, they went for every sneeze and hiccup.
Amusingly, our government has decided to increase the number of people who are in the third-part payment system. They are stunned it isn’t working well.
Anytime someone else pays for you, you will take advantage of them. It’s human nature–money for nothing.
Christians believe that Christ paid for our sins. I don’t know exactly what people mean by this when they say it, since it’s not a biblical phrase, but I do know how people apply it–Hey, Christ paid for my sins! Woohoo! Party time! Let’s go sin!
The Law set up a system where if you sinned you paid the price through sacrifices. There was no third-party payment, it was you and your sin account. Obviously this system did not work overall.
Israel pretty much just stopped doing sacrifices. Skip that noise. For a significant portion of OT history, they had even lost the book the Law was written in!
No one was paying for any sins because no one was really paying attention. Kind of like young men not going to the doctor, insurance or not.
When Christ came along as the spotless Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, sin was now “paid for.” The sacrifice for sin was done, in fact, Christ was the fulfillment of all the types of sacrifice of the OT that covered sin.
Through redemption and the purchase of blood, believers are bought with a price and made God’s sons. This is all very cool. But, since it’s a third-party payment system, many have found the loophole and abuse it–since sin doesn’t cost me anything, I’m going to go sin more!
So, what’s the difference between Obamacare and Jesus paying for your sins? Well, Jesus has a functional website, that’s one difference.
Obamacare is a bureaucratic behemoth that treats you like a number. It’s also a system that you do pay for through taxes. It’s a bummer if you are rich or healthy, as with most government programs, doing worse is rewarded.
The Gospel, Christ’s third-party payment for your sins, is based on love. God does the paying. It would be similar to Obamacare if Barrack Obama himself paid all our medical expenses, but I assure you, that is not happening.
The Gospel is better than insurance, the Gospel is the love of a Father for His kids, even if His kids are still in the prodigal son stage of life. The response to the Gospel is not one of–how can I most irresponsibly get away with sin–the response to the Gospel is–I love Him because He first loved me.
God is the ultimate third-party payer. He pays out of love. He takes the expense on Himself, not forcing it on the unwilling masses. If you respond to the Gospel with libertine licentiousness, you don’t see God’s love and you fail to see the true danger and cost of sin.
For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only Son, so that whoever believes will not perish but have everlasting life.