Why did Christ die for you?
Usually “love” is part of the answer. “Because He loves us.” Certainly He does. God demonstrated His love toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ died for us because He loved us. This explains His character, His motivation for dying for us. He loves us.
True enough. But let’s answer the question from a different angle. Love explains why Christ did what He did, but for us, what is the takeaway for us that Christ died for us?
In other words, what is the purpose desired in those whom He died for? Yes, love is why He did it, but further, what was He hoping it would do for us?
Here is where it gets interesting. A couple verses:
Titus 2:14–Christ gave Himself for us in order to redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
2 Corinthians 5:15–Christ died for us in order that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Ephesians 2:8-10–Christ died for us to create us new in Christ to do good works.
Christ grants salvation to whomever believes in His Gospel. You don’t earn this. You don’t clean yourself up enough until God lets you in. There’s nothing you can do to deserve salvation.
We are told to believe in Christ and His gracious Gospel. Once faith has taken root, the believer is regenerated, reborn, created new, and passes from death unto life.
This new life is the life of Christ–no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.
This new life is granted so that we would do righteousness, good works, and flee sin.
The reason Christ died for you, the purpose it is to produce in the Believer, is good works. Plain and simple. Good works are good. God is good. Do the works that line up with the God you allegedly believe.
A life of good works that flows out of faith is the only way a person can have true security and assurance of salvation.
You were saved to do good works. Don’t confuse the issue.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.