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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