As I was reading the following passage of Scripture I thought of the work of Jesus Christ and how His work is what makes the difference between the spiritually dead and the spiritually living. Similar passages that point to the efficacious nature of the work of Christ on behalf of His people are found in the Exodus account of the Passover.
“And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Get away from the midst of this company, and I shall consume them in a moment; and they fell on their faces. And Moses said to Aaron, Take the fire-pan, and put fire on it from the altar, and lay on incense, and go, hurry to the congregation, and atone for them, for the wrath has gone out from the presence of Jehovah; the plague has begun. And Aaron did as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly. And, behold, the plague had begun among the people! And he laid on the incense and atoned for the people, and stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed. And those who died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides those who died for the matter of Korah. And Aaron turned back to Moses, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation; and the plague was stayed” (Numbers 16:44-50).
At the heart of the true gospel is the efficacious cross-work of Jesus Christ. It is His work alone that makes the ultimate difference between those who will be saved and those who will be damned. All for whom Christ died—without one exception—will have the plague of sin along with God’s wrath and curse upon it stayed in time. All for whom Christ did NOT die, this plague of sin and God’s wrath upon it will remain perpetually. The utter blasphemy of those who say that Christ died for everyone without exception is that they believe that the work of the SINNER and NOT the work of Christ alone is what atones for sin and stays the plague.