Monday, February 28, 2011

How Can a Just God Justify the Ungodly?

     "Christ, by His obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are justified; and did, by the sacrifice of Himself in the blood of His cross, undergoing in their stead the penalty due unto them, make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God's justice in their behalf; yet, inasmuch as He was given by the Father for them, and His obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for anything in them, their justification is only of free grace, that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners."  Chapter 11:3 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
(Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Isaiah 53:5-6; Romans 8:32; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:26; Ephesians 1:6-7; Ephesians 2:7)

    "A propitiation is a sacrifice to God meant to take away the enmity brought by sin between God and the worshiper.  Only Christ can be an effective propitiation." The Reformation Study Bible, note on 1 Jn. 2:2.  

     This video clip from a Paul Washer sermon speaks for itself!  I hope your churches are teaching these things about God's justice and Christ's satisfaction of it through propitiation.  If they aren't, I would ask why not?  We need to allow this unfathomable truth to sink in and meditate afresh on the depths of what Christ has done for us.  Our Lord bore the full weight of God's just wrath against our sin so that we could be His forever!  Rejoice brothers and sisters!  Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!!

Worthy is the Lamb, by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:

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