Thursday, 22 September 2016

Grace Isn't Scandalous

God's grace isn't offered scandalously - it's offered lawfully.

By justifying us through Jesus Christ, God showed Himself righteous - not scandalous.

Being judged and declared righteous, and being given eternal life, are blessings which belong in the future, in the Day of Judgment and Kingdom of God - and God's Judgment on that Day will be righteous, not scandalous. But the blessings of justification and eternal life have also been brought forward into our present-experience, through faith.

The coming of Jesus Christ into this world, and His death and resurrection, virtually enacted the future judgment, justification and wrath, here in the present.

By the cross, we died with Him, we were buried with Him in baptism, and rose together with Him, in hope of eternal justification, salvation and life, by a declaration of the righteousness of God - right now, through faith in Jesus Christ.

You have been declared righteous not by some scandal, but on a thoroughly moral, ethical, just, righteous, judgmental, declaratory, legal basis - by the death of Christ - as evidenced by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Explaining our justification on a righteous basis like this, rather than as a 'scandal', gives us a basis for even more confidence.

It also clarifies that God's grace isn't licentiousness. 

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