Wednesday, March 31, 2010

JUSTIFICATION IN IT'S FOUR-FOLD STATE - PART 3


In this study we are going to be looking at justification objectively at the cross: the truth from God's testimony that Jesus actually saved (justified) His people at the cross of Calvary!

Justification remember in God's Word means saved, redeemed, righteous. Objectively means that Jesus Himself is the object of the elect's faith. At the cross doesn't mean a piece of wood, or something you might wear around your neck: the cross represent ALL that Jesus accomplished in establishing salvation (righteousness, justification) for His elect.

Justification objectively (actually) at the cross: means that Jesus Christ saved His people from the wrath due their sins, and that the elect will look to Christ as the object of their faith for ALL of their salvation.

Let's now look to God's Word that testifies of these truths:

"He (God the Father) shall see of the travail (suffering) of his (Jesus') soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities."
(Isaiah 53:11)

God is testifying in this verse that through the work of Jesus at the cross, Jesus actually saved (justified) His people right then and there.

False religion teaches a false gospel. Part of the falsehood which is preached almost everywhere is that Jesus Christ died for every one who has ever been born, and he made salvation "possible" for every one who has ever been born. This false teaching would mean that Jesus Christ actually (objectively) never really saved any one; but that He only made salvation "possible". This is a lie from the gates of hell. This lie then teaches that salvation is "conditioned" (grounded, dependent upon) the sinner. This lie actually teaches that Jesus Christ did all that He could do to save every one who has ever lived, but ALL His work is worthless unless the sinner "decides" to have Jesus as their Savior.

The Bible says "Salvation belongeth unto the LORD" (Psalm 3:8).

But this lie would have to say: salvation belongeth unto the so-called "free-will" of man. The true gospel that we are looking at today is salvation conditioned on Christ and His work ALONE; this lie that Jesus Christ died for every one who has ever been born is salvation conditioned on the sinner. This lie is called by the name "universal atonement" - that Jesus Christ died for the sins of everyone, saving no-one, and that the majority of those for whom He made an atonement for end up in hell.

It is a doctrine of devils and a damnable heresy.

The true gospel - salvation conditioned on Christ ALONE for HIS ELECT ONLY is the only atonement (satisfaction for sin) found in the Bible.

Please see our text above in Isaiah 53:11 - God states that Jesus Christ "justified many": those are the elect.

Who are the elect?

The elect are those who God ordained to eternal life (Acts 13:48), they are those for whom Christ died for ("justified many"), and it is those to whom the Holy Spirit gives the new birth to (John 3:3); and those who are regenerated (receive the new birth) come to Christ through believing the gospel (John 6:45).

Let's look at some other verses to prove that Jesus Christ established righteousness (justification) at the cross of Calvary for His people:

"Seventy weeks (in the Hebrew: heptads or 490 years - a prophecy of when Christ would come) are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy" (Daniel 9:24).

This is speaking of what Jesus Christ accomplished when He came to earth and established righteous for His elect at the cross of Calvary!

"And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
(Matthew 1:21)

God is testifying here that Jesus SHALL save HIS PEOPLE from their sins. And He purchased (justified) the church of God (his people) at the cross of Calvary:

"Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."
(Acts 20:28)

"Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled (justified) to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."

(Romans 5:9-10)

Please consider this verse:

"Who (Christ) was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for (because) our justification."
(Romans 4:25)

This verse tells us that Christ justified the elect at the cross, which demanded His resurrection!

As for the lie mentioned above: "universal atonement": that Christ died for the sins of every one who has ever been born: just looking at the few verses I quoted above: if "universal atonement" was true: 1) that would mean that every one who was ever born is justified - which is a lie; or 2) Christ did not accomplish what He said He would - which is a lie; therefore: universal atonement is a lie.

The true atonement in the Bible is a "Particular, effectual atonement" that Christ established for His people. It was particular to only include them, and it was effectual- the elect where justified at the cross of Calvary:

"By His own blood he entered in once into the holy place (the presence of God), having obtained eternal redemption for us."
(Hebrews 9:12)

This is God's testimony concerning: justification objectively (actually) at the cross: that at the cross of Calvary God justified His people there in the person and work of the God-man Jesus Christ!

In our next study God-willing, we will see God's people that Christ justified at the cross coming to believe the true gospel: salvation conditioned on Christ ALONE: justification subjectively at regeneration: that those who Christ justified at the cross will come to hear the true gospel, repent of their false religion, and through the power of the Holy Spirit in the new birth come to believe in Jesus Christ ALONE for ALL their salvation!

And God's people will testify:
"God forbid that I should glory (have confidence in), save (except) in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(Galatians 6:14)

By Craig Miklosik

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