Some thoughts in progress here…let me know what you think.
1 Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, (hina, “in order that”) we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness…
2 Corinthians 5:15
And he died for all, (hina, “in order that”) those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From an earthly perspective (not including entrance to heaven, which is also very important) why did Christ die for me? He died so that I could live for Him. We often cheapen the concept of living for God — what does it mean to live for God? think about it like this:
Think about the original state of creation — individuals brought into existence by the very breath of God, created in his image, created for God – to glorify Him (Gen. 3:15, Col. 1:16).
Think about what happened at the fall of man — the tempter did his thing, he tempted. Adam and Eve sinned; as a result, death passed upon all men. The image of God in man was in some sense tarnished, ruined, tainted, lost, etc.
The work of the cross enables us to once again live for God – to reflect his glory. When its work is applied to our lives, the grace of the cross empowers men to begin to display the image of God once again (2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 8:29). That’s sanctification — the work whereby God, through the Spirit, progressively restores the image of God in us.
Recently, some have argued that since Christians are not all they should be, that we have misunderstood what actually happened on the cross. Our problem isn’t one of misunderstanding, it’s one of disobedience.