1 Peter 2:24 Who Himself bore up our sins in His body on the tree, in order that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose bruise you were healed.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
We have all heard of Christ being our savior, our redeemer. We have all heard that he has died for our sins. This is all correct of course according to the word of God. Galatians 2:20 shows us that Christ, the Son of God gave himself up for us! But it doesn’t say us. It says “me”. Specifically “me”. On the one hand Christ died for all ( 2 Cor.5:15) but here the Apostle Paul says that Christ died for “me”. This is very sweet and personal. How comforting to realize and declare Christ died for me! However, Christ just didn’t die for you only. He died for HER!!! (Eph. 5:25). In Ephesians 5:25 we see that Christ died for “her”. Who is she? The her in that verse refers the church! So on one hand yes he died for “me”, but his dying was with her in view, that is the church. This is corporate. The church is a corporate entity composed of every genuine believer on the planet. All of us together comprise the “her” in verse 25. What a revelation! To take away sin merely is not the goal. It was the love of God that motivated him to give us his Son that we may not perish but would be regenerated having the eternal life and it was love that motivated him to give himself up for us not just to deal with our sins but for her! The goal is to gain her! Wonderful! Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.