1 John 3:5. Reflecting on what Christ accomplished
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 1 John 3:5.
“In Him is no sin.” It took me a while to realize that as horrific as Christ’s death on the cross was, there was also another major play going on in the heavens. God took an incredible risk by sending His Son- who is also God Himself, a true divine mystery- to die for us. If Christ had made just even one minor slip involving sin, all creation including the angels in heaven would be forever trapped in an eternal conflict with Satan with no chance whatsoever of redemption. God would also have lost his Son forever and the Godhead would have been dealt a mortal blow for all eternity. Remember that John 1 says that without Christ nothing was made that was ever made. So obviously, God cannot function without Christ. This may sound controversial to some but Christ made it very clear that He is God. (John 10:30 and also see John 14).
Sure, God could have patched a salvage plan if there were one or two minor slips during Christ’s life on earth. But think about what Hebrews 4:15,16 says about Christ our High Priest. He was tempted in every way that we are yet is without sin, so he can sympathize with us in our weaknesses and help us in our need when sin is knocking on our door. Just think about what would have happened if Christ had done everything right but just once had maybe told a lie, stolen, used a profanity etc, etc. I think whatever salvage plan God would have devised would have covered everything but that sin. Christ would not be able to help us with that sin since He Himself would be guilty of it. So heaven would be full of saints who would do everything right but lie pathologically to one another or if it was a theft, I can imagine that God would have to chain down the gold on the streets of heaven. Even at this present time, I am quite concerned about my own covetous attitude and that of my brothers, and I can imagine that we may need burglar alarms in those mansions in heaven if we enter that sacred place as we are now.
For me, this is what Gods love means; the death of Christ was horrific and thank God it was once and for all, but we should realize how much of a risk both God and Christ took on our behalf just to save us and I am glad to be called the chief of sinners because it makes me appreciate even more how much Christ loves me and how much of a sacrifice He made just to allow me to live for eternity. I can hardly go an hour without some mischief tempting me, how much more 33 odd years of sinless perfection. Just like it has been said with terrorists, “They have to be right only once and they have won, we have to be right 100% of the time”. Satan had to get it right only once and he would have been in the driver’s seat in this eternal conflict of good and evil.
I therefore say to anyone who asks why God cannot save outside of Christ if God is that omnipotent. It is not that God cannot save you, but you have made yourself “unsavable” if you reject Christ, because there is no other deliverance from sin. - Alien Warrior