For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
When we read this passage it is good to reflect on each portion of this passage:
Because of God’s judgment concerning sin from the very beginning has never changed. Genesis 2:17 “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” This death was and is the penalty for the First Adam sin and all the sins to date. Because God loves us so, and so much wants a restored relationship with us, John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”, He provided a way for the punishment for sin to be paid once and for all. Through Christ’s, our sins have been reconciled. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
“Christ died for the righteous and for the unrighteous”: Simply put: For Everyone. Why? To bring us back to God. All have the opportunity to be reconciled of sin through Christ, and have our relationship restored to the Father. Communion with the Father; is, always has been and always will be, His desire for us, and to “have place in His glory forever”.
“He was put to death in the body”
He was put to death in the flesh; in the human nature flesh, both body and soul. His body was left on the cross, and his soul, or Spirit, was commended to God.
“but made alive by the spirit”; He was raised from the dead by his divine nature, the Spirit of holiness, the eternal Spirit, by which he offered himself, and by virtue of which, as he had power to lay down his life, so he had power to take it up again; when he was also justified in the Spirit, and all the elect (they that believe) in him. Just, as the enemies of Christ could do no more than put him to death in the flesh, so the enemies of (we) his people can do no more than kill the body, and cannot reach the soul; and as Christ is quickened (experience that gives life) and raised from the dead, so all that believe in Him are quickened together, and raised with him shall, (by virtue of his resurrection), be raised personally, and live also.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 makes it plain: 21For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
Unlike the Old Testament ritual of atonement through sacrifice offered on man’s behalf by high priest, on a constant basis, Christ went to the cross himself as “The Last Sacrifice”.
Thank You Jesus!