Experiencing Christ

Fig Leaves versus Coats of Skins (2)

Gal. 2:16 And knowing that a man is not justified out of works of law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, we also have believed into Christ Jesus that we might be justified out of faith in Christ and not out of the works of law, because out of the works of law no flesh will be justified.
2 Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us because we have judged this, that One died for all, therefore all died;

(Part 2 of 2)
Coats of skin signify not only the death of the Savior but also the death of the sinner. Second Corinthians 5:14 clearly says, “One died for all, therefore all died.” It does not say that since one died for all, then all do not need to die. It says, “One died for all, therefore all died.” In making coats of skin for Adam and Eve, God was pronouncing death upon them. At the time of the Passover, the blood of the Lamb was put on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses. God said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exo. 12:13). By clothing Adam and Eve with coats of skin, God showed that salvation not only requires the forgiveness of sins through the death of the Savior, but also the death of the sinner.

Salvation involves not only resolving the problem of our sin but also the termination of us as a person. God dealt not only with sin but also with our person. Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; this was sin. They sewed aprons of fig trees; this was their good work. We must realize that God rejected not only the eating of the fruit but the sewing of the aprons as well. If a man sins, he displeases God. If he performs good works by his own effort, he also displeases God. Man’s need consists not only of blood but also of death.

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