Grace but not Justice?, not from God!

“Legalism is the belief that God does not act of grace but acts out of justice in giving his favor.” The false gospel of Chuck Swindoll does not teach the justice of God in saving elect sinners. The false gospel only talks about “unmerited favor”.

Missing from the false gospel is the righteousness the God-man obtained for those God favors. Yes, the Bible teaches God’s love and favor for the elect. But the Bible has no either/or between grace and justice, because God is both just and justifier of some of the ungodly

When God justifies the ungodly elect, God is not justifying the better performers or the better non-performers. When God justifies the ungodly elect, God is acting out of justice to Jesus Christ and to Himself by crediting these elect with the righteousness the incarnate God-man established for the elect in history.

This righteousness is the value of Christ’s death. That righteousness is not “unmerited favor” or some inscrutable “sovereign act of grace”. Christ’s death for the elect was God’s perfect satisfaction of God’s law ( and there is legal solidarity between the elect who need this righteousness and Christ who by His death JUSTLY earned this righteousness.

Romans 3: 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith IN HIS BLOOD, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 God presented Jesus to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.

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One Comment on “Grace but not Justice?, not from God!”

  1. markmcculley Says:

    the law promises life to me
    if my obedience perfect be
    but grace promises life on
    my Lord’s obedience alone

    the law says, do and live
    but grace says, live for all is done
    the law cannot ease my regret
    grace gives me me relief
    Ralph Erskine

    the law does not promise immortality
    but only life as long as we obey
    the gospel promise all who believe it
    the life of the age to come
    bodily resurrection, and immortality

    a Lutheran—-let us rely on the righteousness that is given and never on the righteousness that is required.

    mark–but grace satisfies law

    non-elect get law but not grace

    elect get grace that satisfies law

    the righteousness given is the righteousness required

    the righteousness required for all is given to the elect

    righteousness is Christ’s work, Christ’s death is Christ accomplished work, act of obedience

    but to say that, you would have to talk about definite atonement, and in order to do that, you would have to talk bout the extent and intent of the atonement, election and the sins of the elect imputed to Christ

    Romans 3: 20 For no one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law,

    mark–not by our works of the law, but Christ’s death is the work of the law

    because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.21 But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed

    mark: Christ’s righteousness is not His enabling us to satisfy the requirement of the law, but neither is Christ’s righteousness apart from the law for Christ, because only Christ’s death can satisfy the law– apart from that death imputed, we can never be apart from the law or not under the law.

    —attested by the Law and the Prophets 22 —that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to as many as who believe, since there is no distinction.23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

    the non-elect are not in view in Romans 3:21-24, only the elect

    but even in this case, it’s necessary to talk about election in order to say that grace is NOT an alternative to the righteousness required

    Christ is the end of the law for righteousness

    the law requiring righteousness has its goal in Christ’s death

    the law does not die, but those who have died to the law cannot be required anything more from the law

    this Christ’s death imputed to the elect is the end of the law requiring them (see how I said that without saying “as covenant of works”)


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