Eternal Security – 08. The Justice of God

THE JUSTICE OF GOD

  1. God’s Justice Demands Death
    1. Ezek. 18:4 – the soul that sinneth it shall die
    2. Rom. 6:23 – the wages of sin is death
  2. Christ Died in Our Place
    1. Christ died for us  (Rom. 5:8)
    2. The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isa. 53:6).
    3. Christ suffered for our sins (I Peter 3:18)
    4. Christ bore our sins on the cross (I Peter 2:24)
  3. The Penalty of the Law Has Already Been Paid in Full 
    1. Christ bore the curse of the Law (Gal. 3:13). The justice of the law has been satisfied.
  4. The Judge, the Law, and the Accuser
    1. The Judge has been eternally satisfied that His justice has been upheld.
      1. Christ’s sacrifice satisfied the Father, the Judge (I John 2:2; 4:10)
      2. We are justified in the eyes of the Judge. (Rom. 5:1)
      3. The Judge is now FOR us. (Rom. 8:31a)
      4. The Judge now sees us as “righteous” before His throne. (Rom. 3:22)
      5. The law does not condemn the righteous. (Deut. 25:1)
      6. Therefore the Judge says of all those in Christ, “There is therefore now NO condemnation.” (Rom. 8:1)
    2. The Law has also been upheld and its justice satisfied.
      1. The law demanded death and its penalty was paid in full. The law was fulfilled and satisfied.
      2. Not only did Christ die for us, but our old man was crucified with Him (Rom. 6:6).
      3. Hence, the law has nothing to say to a dead man. It has no jurisdiction over a dead man.  (Rom. 7:4)
      4. The law cannot come after us. It has been settled at the cross. (Col. 2:14)  Christ blotted “out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross.”
      5. “My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought; my sin not in part but the whole; is nailed to His cross and I bear it no more! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh, my soul.” (Horatio G. Spafford)
    3. The Accuser – has nothing against us.
      1. The devil may accuse us before the Judge, but his charges are dismissed out of God’s court.
      2. No one can lay anything to the charge of God’s elect. (Rom. 8:33)
      3. No one can bring an accusation against us before this Judge. The Judge is now FOR US.  (Rom. 8:31)
      4. No one can condemn us because of the work of Christ on our behalf – His past and present ministries for us. (Rom. 8:34)
      5. No man or angel could ever bring forth a charge that could ever condemn the believer in Christ. God is for us.
    4. Our Advocate – we have an Advocate in heaven (I John 2:1)
      1. If we sin (and we will!), we are not condemned.
      2. Rather, we have an Advocate – the Lord Jesus. The Advocate is on our side. When an accusation comes, our Advocate says, “I died for that sin. That sin cannot condemn this child. The penalty for that sin has already been paid in full. No condemnation!”
      3. In addition, He is in heaven interceding on our behalf.
      4. He is our Propitiation (I John 2:2)
      5. The Father, the Judge, is FOR US.
      6. Even our sin cannot condemn us.
      7. There is nothing and no one left to condemn the blood bought child of God.
      8. Divine justice has been fully and eternally satisfied at the cross.
      9. Psalm 127:1-3