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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

GOD’S JUSTICE AND GRACE

"How God loved His people with an everlasting love, yet reckoned to them the sin of their federal head, the first Adam, explains God’s justice. How God loved His Son, yet reckoned to Him the sin of His elect, explains God’s grace. The justice of God and the grace of God met in the person & work of Christ finished on the cross." -- David Simpson, Powell, TN, Shreveport Grace Church Bulletin, July 16, 2006

4 comments:

amity said...

There is something in this passage that does not seem to quite parallel I Coronthians 15, which I imagine is where he is coming from, and I am a little confused by it. He uses the phrase "reckoned to" in exactly parallel terms when describing our relationship to Adam and to Christ, but Adam's sins were not only "reckoned to" us, we did in fact become sinners in practice, too. When our sins were "reckoned to" Christ he did not become a sinner, did he? What does "he hath made him to be sin for us." mean exactly? (II Corinthians 5:21)

amity said...

BTW, I found the word thing a bit of a challenge! Took me three tries!

Jim1927 said...

On the word "reckon" change it to read "consider" or "regard"....reckoned to be clever...considered to be clever. So, our Lord was considered to be sin for us.

In Adam, we inherited the "gene" to sin, and therefore a capacity to commit sin. Jesus did not inherit the "gene" of sin, but took on Him the capacity to sin vicariously.

John Calvin writes, "We show that the only haven of safety is in the mercy of God, as manifested in Christ, in whom every part of our salvation is complete. As all mankind are, in the sight of God, lost sinners, we hold that Christ is their only righteousness, since, by His obedience, He has wiped off our transgressions, by His sacrifice appeased the divine anger, by His blood washed away our stains, by His cross borne our curse, and by His death made satisfaction for us. We maintain that in this way man is reconciled in Christ to God the Father, by no merit of his own, by no value of works, but by gratuitous mercy."

As a man, Jesus did not possess the "gene" to sin, but He had the capacity to sin, but did not. We differ in that we have the "gene" to sin and we do sin.

This is the essence of the gospel and we are remiss if we do not preach reconciliation in Christ alone as our means to salvation. I cor 5:21 is prolly the most profound statement to be made in the entire Bible.

Cheers,

Jim

amity said...

Thank you, Jim.