You were not Born with your Wedding Clothes on—Dressed in His Righteousness

You can’t add your own righteousness to God’s righteousness. You have to have your own clothes taken off. You have to be dressed in Christ’s righteousness alone. You can’t wear both kinds of clothes at the same time. It’s all or nothing, not some of both.

Our faith is that what Christ did outside us is now our wedding dress. Our wedding dress is not inside us. Our wedding dress is outside us. Our wedding dress is Christ’s death.

Our Justification is not the righteousness. The Righteousness is Christ’s death. The righteousness is the wedding dress. Those who wear the wedding dress are justified.

Genesis 3: 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and MADE FOR THEMSELVES loincloths

Genesis 3: 21 The Lord God made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them

Matthew 22:10 So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests.11 But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him out.”

Isaiah 61:10 I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, I will exult in my God. For God has clothed me with garments of salvation, God has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

The gospel of Zechariah 3 3 Now Joshua was dressed with clothes with shit on them as he stood before the Angel. 4 So the Angel of the Lord spoke to those standing
before Him, “Take off his shitty clothes!” Then the Angel said to Joshua, “See, I have removed your guilt from you, AND I will clothe you with splendid robes.

the law of Zechariah 3 7 “This is what the Lord of Hosts says: IF YOU walk in My ways and keep My instructions, you will both rule My house and take care of My courts.

Philippians 3—in order to gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ,

I want to write about our need to be dressed in Christ’s righteousness. We need to have Christ’s righteousness imputed to us. The word “righteousness” is not a magic word. The word needs definition and explanation. The word imputation also need definition and explanation. Even though the righteousness of Christ comes to us By God’s imputation, we also receive God’s righteousness through faith in Christ. Christ is not a magic word. We need the Holy Spirit to teach us to understand who Christ is and what Christ has done because the Holy Spirit does not cause us to believe a gospel we do not understand.

The Holy Spirit causes to us understand the difference between God’s righteousness (God’s character and nature) as DEMANDING righteousness in God’s LAW and God’s Righteousness (as something gained in history by Christ’s death) as REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL. The righteousness of Christ imputed to the elect is Christ’s death for all the sins (commission and omission) of the elect.

The Holy Spirit causes us to understand the difference between law and gospel. “You got to live right” is law. There is a difference between God demanding righteousness and God then (in history, good news) accomplishing once for all time the one act of obedience that SATISFIES God’s demand. Christ’s death for the elect is God’s gift for the elect not in order to get God to love the elect. “Elect” means God’s loved. Christ’s death for the elect is God’s grace to the elect because God loves the elect. Because God loves the elect, Christ died for the sins of the elect to satisfy God’a law.

There is a difference between “imputation” as declaration only and imputation as “declaration after transfer” . We declare God to be just, not because we make God to be just, but because God IS just. We don’t have to transfer anything to God for God to be just and for us to declare that God is just. God is ALWAYS ALREADY JUST. And we say so.

Romans 3:3 What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Let God be true though everyone were a liar, as it is written, “ in order That you be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”

I Peter 3:4 Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed, 15 but honor and justify and set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

I don’t want to get sidetracked with these “theodicy” (justify God) texts. But the point is that we declare that God is just because God IS just. We declare Christ Lord because Christ IS Lord.

Romans 3: 25 God presented Christ as a propitiation through faith in His BLOOD, to DEMONSTRATE His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.

My point is simple. God is declared justified, because God is and always has been completely just in the way God does everything, including when God declares some sinners to be righteous. God imputes some sinners as righteous, but God cannot and does not do this without putting those sinners in wedding clothes. God is sovereign but God cannot and will not declare any sinner to be righteous until and unless God transfers to them Christ’s death as their righteousness.

We don’t have to transfer anything to God for God to us to declare that God is just. But God does have to bury us (place us) into Christ’s death as our righteousness in order for God to declare us righteous.

We need to avoid a confusing false gospel in which God is only sovereign and not just in God’s character or in God’s salvation of sinners. God is BOTH just and justifier of the ungodly. The death of Jesus was not merely one way (among many) God could have saved the elect. God does NOT justify by sovereignly causing us to live right

Luke 16:15 And Jesus told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is abomination in God’s sight.

Proverbs 17:15 Justifying the guilty and condemning the just— both are abomination to the Lord.

It doesn’t seem fair. It doesn’t look just. Some sinners get away from their sins. Other sinners sin the same sins, and don’t get away from their sins. Not only the punishment but the guilt of elect sinners is taken away before God by God’s propitiation. God made propitiation (satisfied wrath) by Christ’s death, and this is Christ’s righteousness. Since this does not seem fair, many false gospels teach that you can increase your own blessing and grace by adding onto Christ’s righteousness some additional clothes of your own. Add your own righteousness to Christ’s righteousness ( maybe not for justification but for assurance and other blessings)

Romans 10:3 They disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Many false gospels would say–we don’t disregard Christ’s righteousness. We don’t disregard Christ’s death. We only add to that righteousness by living right, and even our living right is from God, even our living right is imparted righteousness infused from God because God enables us to be better than other sinners.

But the Bible teaches that you can’t add your own righteousness to God’s righteousness. You have to have your own clothes taken off. You have to be dressed in Christ’s righteousness alone. You can’t wear both kinds of clothes at the same time. It’s all or nothing, not some of both.

Galatians 2:21 do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

If your hope and your assurance is found in you living right, you will be thrown out, because you are not yet dressed in the only wedding clothes that God’s righteousness (law) demands. The only wedding clothes accepted are Christ’s righteousness (the gospel—the death of Christ given by God’s imputation).

Now, you may say, this sound complicated, and besides-why does it have to be so all or nothing? Are you saying that only some few people are dressed in Christ’s righteousness? Yes. Are you saying that if a person does not understand and believe in Christ’s righteousness, there is some some doctrinal reason that these people ought to be ashamed of “living right”? Yes, they are despising Christ’s death. If you hope to get any (or extra) blessing by what they do, then you are despising Christ’s righteousenss.

I am not going to ask you questions about how right you are living. Instead, I am going to say that, no matter how you are living, if you DO NOT YET BELIEVE THE GOSPEL, YOU ARE NOT YET JUSTIFIED. if you do not know anything about God’s righteousness, in its demand (law) or as God’s gift imputed (gospel), then you are not yet declared righteous before God. And if you are not yet declared righteous before God, then you are still in your sins, still as you were born, “condemned already” . Your not knowing the gospel yet is not the cause of your condemnation, but your not knowing the gospel yet is evidence of your present condemnation.

Romans 10:3 They disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes

If you do not yet know the gospel, then you are not yet submitted to God’s righteousness. And if you are not yet submitted to God’s righteousness, then you are trying to build and add on your own righteousness. I tell you with fear of God—-NOBODY is going to be adding their own righteousness onto Christ’s righteousness. If you are still trying to build your own righteousness, you do not yet have Christ’s righteousness imputed. Those who do not believe the gospel are not yet dressed in Christ’s righteousness. Christ’s righteousness is the end of law. Law always defines what sin is, no matter if you believe or don’t believe the gospel But Christ’s righteousness (death imputed) is the end of the law requirement FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who believes.

It is not your believing the gospel that is the righteousness. It is not your believing the gospel that causes God to impute Christ’s death to you. It is not your believing the gospel that causes God to justify you.
But God has not justified anybody who does not believe the gospel. The promise of the gospel is not that you are elect and the promise of the gospel is not that you will believe, but the promise of the gospel (which we teach to anybody and everybody) is that those God dresses in Christ’s righteousness are taught the truth and given understanding of who God is and how God justifies. The gospel is NOT that you personally are justified. Believing the gospel is believing the gospel promise that those who believe are justified before God.

Some of us who don’t want to add on our own righteousness tend to focus only on God’s sovereignty, so much so that we don’t talk about God’s justification. But God’s sovereignty alone is not the gospel. We also need to talk about God’s law demanding righteousness. We need to talk about God’s gospel revealing (by the power of the Holy Spirit) Christ’s righteousness, which is the death of Christ as the end of the law “for righteousness” (for those who believe) Our shit is still shit. Our sin is still sin. The law lawfully used defines the sins of the justified elect. Our justification does not depend on us deceiving ourselves about how much less we are sinning. Either we are justified before God or we are not. Either we know and believe the gospel or we do not.

If God can sovereignly justify you apart from satisfying justice by Christ’s death, then God can sovereignly justify you apart you from you knowing the gospel truth about the atonement. But God cannot and will not.

But if God’s nature is such that God will not save any elect sinner apart from Christ’s death,(and God’s nature IS such) then it is also God’s nature that God will not save any elect sinner apart from them knowing the truth about the justice and effectiveness of the atonement. God will not save by means of a falsehood about the Atonement. Telling the Truth about the Atonement is NOT “adding to the gospel”

Certainly the Lord Jesus Christ did many wonderful things. Jesus resisted Satan’s three temptations. Jesus obeyed the law of Moses.Jesus kept the Ten Commandments. But there is one thing only that Jesus “accomplished” which is the wedding dress of righteousness. Christ died one time only as the only Priest and Sacrifice to obtain and bring in this righteousness. Christ’s death is not “obedience to the law”. Christ’s death is satisfaction of the law (the law requires obedience or death, the law does not say that death is obedience, but the gospel in Romans 5 teaches that Christ’s death is obedience that brings justification.)

When the sin of Adam is transferred to every human person (not when they are teenagers but when they are born), this transfer of guilt is not good news. United to Adam by his guilt transferred to us, we are born “condemned already” and because of that we share Adam’s nature. When the righteousness of Christ (Christ’s death) is transferred to us, this is the good news. On our very inside, we believe the gospel. Having been taught the truth of the gospel, we know and assent to the gospel and we hope in the gospel. We cannot “un-believe the gospel”. Our believing that we ourselves are dressed in Christ’s righteousness is not something different from our believing the gospel. Our faith in the gospel is not our righteousness. Our faith is that what Christ did outside us is now our wedding dress.

Our wedding dress is not inside us. Our wedding dress is outside us. Our wedding dress is Christ’s death at one time in one place, not here, not now, but back then when Christ died as the sin offering for all the sins of the elect.

Romans 4:24-25 “righteousness will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was handed over because our trespasses and raised up because of our justification.”

Christ’s death is counted to us. Our faith is not counted to us as righteousness. Because our faith is NOT righteousness

GOD COUNTS ACCORDING TO TRUTH. God will count Christ’s death as the righteousness for all for whom Christ died.

Our Justification is not the righteousness. The Righteousness is Christ’s death.
The righteousness is the wedding dress. Those who wear the wedding dress are justified.

When God counts Christ’s death to us (buries us into, places us into Christ’s death),then and only then does God declare us righteous (justify us)

Justification happens when God imputes Christ’s righteousness to the elect. Justification happens when God dresses us in Christ’s righteousness.

The word Imputation means two different things. One, the transfer, God’s legal sharing of what belongs to another. God counts the death of Christ as all the doing required by the law. Christ’s death is accomplishment. Christ’s death was Christ willing to die. Christ”s death was active obedience to God. Two, the word imputation means God’s declaration based on truth. We are not “living right” to make up the needed difference. Nothing more is needed for our wedding dress than Christ’s death. We still sin against God’s law. But there is no condemnation to those of who are in Christ Jesus. Because we need no more and no other righteousness before God.

Christ’s death is enough. More than Christ’s death is too much and therefore not enough—-if you are still finding assurance in the way you live, then you are not yet dressed in Christ’s righteousness.

Romans 8: 1 no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus…3 What the law could not do since it was limited] by the flesh, God did. God condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own SON IN FLESH… as a sin offering,

The law is not the gospel. The law cannot be lived anymore than the gospel can be lived. But we are commanded to obey both law and gospel. We are commanded to live by truth of the gospel. Obeying the gospel is not the same thing as obeying the law.

Romans 1:16 “the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believes”

Romans 6: 17 “But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to”

1 Corinthians 1:18. “The doctrine of the cross is to us who are saved the power of God”

I Thessalonians 2:13 When you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which works effectively in you believers.

II Thessalonians 2:10 They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, 12 so that all will be condemned—those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.

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12 Comments on “You were not Born with your Wedding Clothes on—Dressed in His Righteousness”

  1. markmcculley Says:

    i agree that MANY use to try to gain “extra blessing” (more holiness, more warning) are using law unlawfully

    But others of us are NOT using law that way. I am using law to define sin. Christians are still sinners.

    The reaction to those who use law unlawfully is not to over-react and say that there is no law standard for Christians. .

    Christ was never under the power of habitual sin , and the definitive death of the justified elect is His death.

    Romans 6:14 does not say, For sin shall not be your master, because the Holy Spirit has changed you so that you cannot habitually sin, but only occasionally and always with repentance. Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not by your master, because you are not under law but under grace.”

    Christ also died to purchase every blessing, including the giving of the Holy Spirit and our believing the gospel. But it is not believing which frees the elect from the guilt of sin. What’s definitive is being legally joined to Christ’s death. (Also, Romans 6 says “baptized into” not “baptized by the Spirit into….)

    John 5:24 As many as who hear My word and believes Him who sent Me HAS the lasting life of the age to come and WILL NOT COME INTO JUDGMENT but HAS PASSED from death to life.

  2. markmcculley Says:

    are you ashamed of docrine but proud of the way you live?

    listen to this by Richard Warmack

    https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=52009125530

  3. markmcculley Says:

    Toplady edited

    A debtor to mercy alone,
    Of covenant mercy I sing,
    Nor fear, with God’s righteousness on,

    My person and off’rings to bring.
    The terrors of law and of God
    With me can have nothing to do;
    My Savior’s obedience of blood
    Hides all my transgressions from view.

    The work which His goodness began,
    The arm of His strength will complete;
    His promise is Yea and Amen,
    And never was forfeited yet.
    Things future, nor things that are now,
    Not all things below or above,
    Can make Him His purpose forego,
    Or sever me from His love.

    My name from the palms of His hands
    The ages will not erase;
    Impressed on His heart, my name remains
    In marks of indelible grace.
    Yes! I to the end shall endure,
    As sure as justification is already given

    More happy, but not more secure,
    When the ties of this age have been erased

    https://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/track/a-debtor-to-mercy

  4. markmcculley Says:

    https://calvinistinternational.com/2017/05/25/god-helps-help/

    at least some sinners have moral supremacy, they think

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/5-reasons-prosperity-gospel-actually-non-christian-religion/

    Condtional covenantalism is a version of “prosperity theology”—-Did you ever notice that the same people who hate the “commercial metaphor” for Christ’s death, who insist that Christ’s death is “infinite and sufficient for everybody” and therefore insist that there’s no need to talk about election in the gospel, are also the very same people who say that—if you believe and obey more and put in more effort, this will result in change and moral prosperity , and that when you get more holiness, then God’s love for you and grace for you will increase

    http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2016/02/can-gods-love-for-us-increase.php

  5. markmcculley Says:

    Romans 4: 4 Now to the one who works, pay is imputed as something owed.

    The “righteousness of God” has more than one meaning. HOWEVER the GOSPEL meaning is the “righteousness from God”. Christ’s death is the righteousness Christ obtain and GIVES SHARES TRANSFERS to the elect. Where God has not given faith in the gospel, God has not yet given the righteousness of God which is Christ’s death imputed.

    Imputation of righteousness and righteousness are not the same thing. “Eternal justification” folks reason from the fact that God’s imputation is before faith and not an experience to an assumption that God’s justification is also before and without faith and not an experience.

    But the imputation of Adam’s sin and condemnation are two distinct matters. Condemnation is the result of God’s imputation of Adam’s sin. God’s imputation of the sins of the elect to Christ is distinct from God’s imputation of Christ’s death to the elect (baptized into the death). But “eternal justification” folks have nothing to say about the before and after of Romans 6 and Ephesians 2. They tend to assume that Galatians 2 (despite its context) is not talking about legal life, freedom from guilt, but about the new birth (‘spiritual life” )

    God’s imputation of Christ’s righteousness (His death) results in faith and justification. There are no justified unbelievers. God’s declaration of justification is not apart from calling by the gospel, and hearing by faith. Those who think that all the elect are justified before and without believing.give no argument for why we should expect the elect to begin believing before they die

    Carl Trueman, p 91–“The Protestant doctrine of justification by imputation was always going to be criticized as tending toward eternal justification. Late medieval theologians (nominalists, occasionalists) had used the distinction between God’s absolute power and God’s ordained power to break the necessary connection between the priority of actual righteousness and God’s declaration that a particular person is justified. In placing the declaration in God’s will, not in the intrinsic qualities of the one justified, it would be argued that any necessary connection between justification and any chronological factors had been decisively abolished”

    Carl Trueman, p 93–“Baxter claims that if Christ has paid the actual price for our sins, as Owen argues in The Death of Death (1647), then it is possible that there could be a chronological delay between payment of the debt and the dissolution of the debt, since it is either paid or not paid, thus all the elect are already justified in Christ, and thus faith can only fulfill a mere epistemological function whereby the elect come to acknowledge that which they are already, namely, justified.”

    Carl Trueman, p 95–“Owen argues that it is crucial to understand that God’s desire to save the elect is prior to any consideration of Christ’s satisfaction. Thus Owen precludes any notion that Christ’s death in any way changes the Father’s mind or buys his favor. ”

    John MacArthur: ” If we believe Him, His dying counts in our stead, paying for our sins in full.”

    Tianqi Wu==This sounds like saying that Christ died for some sinners because he foreknew they would believe . if you believe now , then that made Christ die for you 2000 years ago. In this case, you may have “definite atonement” in that the extent of the atonement is only for the elect and it is also taught that election is what causes some sinners to believe. But you do not have the gospel of the elect’s sins imputed by God to Christ, and you do not have God’s electing love having decided for whom Christ would make propitiation. I

    It’s like teaching that faith is the reason for the atonement, even if at other times (when you are not doing evangelism?) you explain that election is the reason for your faith.In any case MacArthur is not teaching that faith is given because of the atonement, even when sometimes he agrees that faith is given because of election. In that case, faith becomes way more important than Christ’s death Your faith becomes a request for Christ to please die for you. . Adding in the idea that God now sovereignly determines who makes this request does not change the false gospel which knows nothing of God’s imputation of the sins of the elect to Christ.

  6. markmcculley Says:

    beginning and ending with faith in the righteousness of Christ
    revealed in the gospel

    Galatians 3: 2. This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit
    by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
    3. Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made
    perfect by the flesh?
    4. Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
    5. He therefore that serves you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

    To know Christ, you must know that God requires a righteousness that sinners cannot produce and that God in Christ established for the elect a righteousness that demands salvation for the elect. The law demands death, even the death of One who was never a sinner, but who was imputed with the sins of the elect.

    https://markmcculley.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/is-salvation-now-conditioned-on-the-sinners-faith/

  7. markmcculley Says:

    John Calvin—However eagerly the saints may in accordance with the Spirit strive toward God’s righteousness, the listless flesh always so burdens them that they do not proceed with due readiness. The law is to the flesh like a whip to an idle and balky ass, to arouse it to work. Even for a spiritual man not yet free of the weight of the flesh the law remains a constant sting that will not let him stand still. . . . But the accompanying promise of grace. . .sweetens what is bitter .Institutes, 2/7/12

    wcf 19:6 yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that, as a rule of life informing them of the will of God, and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly; discovering also the sinful pollutions of their nature, hearts and lives; so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against sin, together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and the perfection of His obedience. It is likewise of use to the regenerate, to restrain their corruptions, in that it forbids sin and the THREATENINGS OF IT (the law) serve to show what even their sins deserve; and what afflictions, in this life, they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the law. The promises of it, in like manner, show them God’s approbation of obedience,and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof…. a man’s doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourages to the one and deters from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law: and not under grace.

    ur legalist is like unto this top,
    Without a whip he doth not duty do;
    Let Moses whip him, he will skip and hop;
    Forbear to whip, he’ll neither stand nor go.

  8. markmcculley Says:

    If you say that that there is a different less strict law for non-Christians, what happens is that Christians themselves will be content to themselves live by that less strict law “in their public life”. And since they save the law of Christ only for their “spiritual life”, they think they can in two kingdoms at the same time.

    Even worse, many deny that there is any law for those in Christ’s kingdom . They think the only law for them is “included in the gospel”, and since some antinomians deny that unbelievers are commanded to believe the gospel, they say that the gospel is only for those who shows signs of being already broken and regenerate. And law, they say, is only for those who are not Christians.

    Gadsby Question LXXVI. What is meant by the gospel in a more extensive sense? Answer. The above things,TOGETHER WITH together with the precepts and ordinances enjoined on the church by Christ and His apostles, and the things connected therewith. Question LXXVII. Is the gospel, in all its branches, a sufficient rule of life to a believer in Christ? Answer. Yes; for through the life-giving power of the Spirit, faith lives upon Christ, the Living Head, and gospel precepts are the believer’s rule

    http://www.reformedreader.org/ccc/gcat.htm

    A lot of anti-dispensational people professing to be Reformed turn into dispensationalists when it comes to both law and gospel. They don’t agree that what Jesus commanded about loving enemies is law today for Christians. Maybe being told about not killing enemies will show us our need of the gospel, but it’s not God’s law in the book of Acts. And since they don’t like that Jesus talked about election when Jesus was preaching to strangers in John 6 and 10, they don’t agree that talking about election is any part of the gospel when you get to the book of Acts.

    Is Genesis 9 about “common grace” or “common law” (where law also is a kind of grace for everybody) natural law exempts Christians from the Sermon on the Mount

    define “natural”—-not “arbitrary”? Not given by a personal Sovereign? Is “natural” evolving?

    define “natural”—-universal and objective? For all times and in all places? a way to say “bad” without saying “sin”? if the Noahic covenant is not redemptive, how is it an “administration” of “the covenant of grace”?

  9. markmcculley Says:

    John Gill–1. no such thing is ever to be found in the scriptures, namely, that good works are necessary to salvation. But if this was so principal a part of evangelic truth, as the adversaries plead, it should, be contained in express words in the scriptures

    2. The apostle treating of the causes of our salvation, removes good works, and entirely excludes them; and teaches, that he only has blessedness, to whom God imputes righteousness without works, Romans 4:6. Compare Ephesians 2:8, Titus 3:5. If therefore good works are entirely excluded from the causes of salvation, how will the same be necessary to salvation?

    3. That which is not necessary to our justification, that is not necessary to salvation; because there are no other causes of salvation than of justification: But good works are not necessary to justification.

    4. If we are saved by grace, then good works are not necessary to salvation; for the antithesis remains firm, If of grace, then not of works, otherwise grace is not grace, Romans 11:6. Romans 6:23. Ephesians 2:8, 9.

    5. If by the obedience of one Christ we all obtain justification of life and salvation, then we are not saved by our own obedience: Romans 5:17-19

    6. What is ascribed to faith alone, as it is contradistinguished from works, that is not to be attributed to works: But salvation is ascribed to faith alone, John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Romans 1:17 and 4:6; Galatians 3:11;Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5. Heb 10:38.

    7. What is necessary to salvation is prescribed and required in the evangelic doctrine, Romans 1:16. and 3:27. But good works, as necessary to salvation, are not prescribed in the gospel John 3:16 and 6:40; Romans 1:17 and 4:6, seeing the law is the doctrine of works, the gospel the doctrine of faith, Romans 3:27; Galatians 3:12.

    8. If good works were necessary to salvation, we should have whereof to glory; but the holy Spirit takes away all glorying from us, and for this very reason excludes good works from hence, Ephesians 2:8, 9. Romans 3:27 and 4:1, 2.

    9. Wherever the scripture produces reasons for which good works are necessary, it mentions quite others, than that they are necessary to salvation; namely, that we ought diligently to perform good works, because of God, because of Christ, because of the holy Spirit, because of the holy angels, because of our neighbor, because of ourselves, yea, even because of the devil.

    https://contrast2.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/john-gill-good-works-necessary-for-salvation/

  10. David Bishop Says:

    ” The Holy Spirit causes to us understand the difference between God’s righteousness (God’s character and nature) as DEMANDING righteousness in God’s LAW and God’s Righteousness (as something gained in history by Christ’s death) as REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL. The righteousness of Christ imputed to the elect is Christ’s death for all the sins (commission and omission) of the elect. ”

    Amen!

  11. markmcculley Says:

    “Christ in us, the hope of glory”

    are we clothing for Christ?

    or does Christ clothe us?

    2 Corinthians 5:19 i n Christ, God was reconciling…to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them,

    Galatians 3: 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like clothing

  12. markmcculley Says:

    Donald Macleod–According to Torrance, Christ condemned sin by saying no to the flesh and living a life of perfect faith, worship and obedience. But this would mean that the condemnation of sin did not take place on the cross, but in the daily life of Christ. But Romans 8:3 says that it not Jesus but God the Father who condemns sin in the flesh. While it was indeed in the flesh of his Son that God condemned sin but it was not only in his Son as incarnate, but in his Son as a sin-offering in sacrificial death. God condemned sin by passing judgement on his Son.

    Revelation 7:14 They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

    Romans 3:25 God presented Christ as a propitiation through faith in His blood,

    Romans 5:9 we have now been declared righteous by His blood,

    Matthew 26:28 My blood that establishes the covenant. My blood is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

    Galatians 6: 14 I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Ephesians 1:7 We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

    I Peter 1:18 you were redeemed from your empty way of your fathers…. with the precious blood of Christ, the lamb without defect or blemish. Christ was chose before the ages but revealed at the end of the ages

    1 John 1:7 the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

    Hebrews 9:14 much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the lasting Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God

    Hebrews 13:20 The God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—with the blood of the lasting covenant

    Acts 20:28 God purchased them with His own blood.

    Revelation 1:5 Jesus Christ loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood,

    Revelation 19:13 He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is the Word of God.


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