Torrey - Christ -5.1- The Importance of the Death of Christ


First Proposition: The death of Jesus Christ is mentioned directly more than 175 in the New Testament.

Moreover, there are many prophetic and typical references to the death of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. Hebrews 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil."

Second Proposition: Jesus Christ became a partaker of flesh and blood in order that He might die.

The incarnation was for the purpose of His death. Jesus Christ's death was not a mere incident of His human life, it was the supreme purpose of it. He became man in order that He might die as man and for man. Matthew 20:28 — "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Third Proposition: Jesus Christ came into the world that He might die as a ransom. Luke 9:30-31 — "And behold there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem."

Fourth Proposition: The death of Jesus Christ was the subject that Moses and Elias talked with Him about when they appeared in glory. 1 Peter 1:11 — "Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow."

Fifth Proposition: The prophesied death of Christ was a subject of deep interest and earnest inquiry to the Old Testament prophets. 1 Peter 1:12 — "Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into."

Sixth Proposition: The death of Jesus Christ was a subject of deep interest and earnest inquiry to the angels. Revelation 5:8-12 — "And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts, and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."

Seventh Proposition: The death of Jesus Christ is the central theme of heaven's song. 1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day. according to the Scriptures."

Eighth Proposition: The death of Jesus Christ is one of the two fundamental truths of the Gospel.

Compare to 1 Corinthians 11:26 ("For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come") and to Corinthians 2:2 ("For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified").

The importance of Jesus Christ's death will become more clear when we consider the purpose and result of His death. The modern preaching that lays principal emphasis upon the life and example of Jesus Christ is thoroughly unscriptural.