He who obeys will not die but live (Ezekiel 18:17)

Christ was "foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you" (1Pe 1:20) as a "testimony given at the proper time" (1Ti 2:6). It was prophesied, "'Behold, I come to do Your will'" (Heb 10:9) because "'I delight to do Your will . . . [since] Your law is within my heart'" (Ps 40:8). He "gave Himself for our sins . . . according to the will of our God and Father" (Gal 1:4). "'This commandment I received from My Father'" (Jn 10:18). Therefore "the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory . . . full of grace and truth" (Jn 1:14). "Since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same" (Heb 2:14) and "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men" (Php 2:7). He "was made a little while lower than the angels" (Heb 2:9). "In appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death" (Php 2:8) "so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous" (Ro 5:19).

Jesus explained, "'I am among you as the one who serves'" (Lk 22:27) and "'did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many'" (Mt 20:28). "'Whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave'" (:27). "'I lay down My life'" (Jn 10:17) "on My own initiative . . . [and] I have authority to take it up again'" (:18). "'I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth'" (Jn 17:19). It was by "suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone" (Heb 2:9). "He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf" (2Co 5:15). "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (:21). "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us" (Gal 3:13) for "he who is hanged [on a tree] is accursed of God" (Dt 21:23). Therefore, "'I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity'" (30:15) and "'a blessing and a curse'" (11:26). A "blessing, if you listen" (:27) and a "curse, if you do not listen'" (:28). He who "'executes My ordinances, and walks in My statutes; he will not die . . . [but] will surely live'" (Eze 18:17). "The righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself" (Eze 18:20).