Free Grace 3

Romans 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

The glory of free-grace is that it puts the glory of the grace of God and therefore the beauty of God Himself on display. The glory of the Gospel is that it does not require man to come up with faith or anything else as such, but what it does is require man to look to Christ for faith and all things apart from any worth or work in self. The Lord Jesus Christ did not look across humanity from eternity past and choose to die for those who would choose Him. The Lord did not pick out those who had more worth than others and choose to die for those. Instead of that, grace teaches us that the Lord Jesus died for sinners who had no worth and no merit at all. Instead of having merit, they had an infinite amount of demerit that needed to be paid.

The teaching of Scripture on redemption is that Christ paid a ransom price for sinners, but it was not because they had the slightest bit in them to deserve the slightest price to be paid. There is nothing at all in sinners that would move Christ to make the redemption price even slightly less because there was something of value found in them, but instead the whole of redeeming grace was moved by God within the Trinity. For grace to be really grace it must be a grace apart from anything in the sinner that would make one sinner more or less likely to be died for. No, no, and no a million times! Grace points to the Redeemer which points to the sovereign and electing grace of God as self-loved rather than any other reason. Grace points to the all-sufficiency of God for all causation and for all merit and for any and all things necessary to save sinners.

Christ came as a Redeemer and as such pay a ransom price for sinners. While we normally think of things we pay a price for as having a value, this is not the case with sinners. There was a price that had to be paid if the sinners were to be released, but it was not a value they had of themselves. It was of a debt that they had incurred as a result of sin and more sin. This debt was enormous and the sinners themselves were entirely helpless to pay it, so if the payment was to be paid it had to be paid by Christ. There was no other. There was nothing in them or about them to move the Father to send the Son to pay the debt, and there was nothing in them or about them to move the Son to come and pay the debt. What moved God as triune to pay the debt was His own glory and the love that God has within Himself as triune. The Redeemer could come if moved by love for the Father and His glory. It was love for the Father indeed that moved the Redeemer to take the sins of sinners upon Himself and pay that debt.

What is seen in Redemption, then, is a free and uncaused grace to sinners because God was moved by Himself to save sinners as there was nothing in them or about them that would move Him. God saves sinners to the praise of the glory of His grace. In Christ the Father shone forth and manifested His glory and as He beheld Himself in Christ He was delighted and pleased. His perfect justice was satisfied with the ransom price and the Son loved the Father perfectly in perfect obedience and holiness in what He did. In this great love within the Trinity and the love for holiness of and for the Trinity we can see the glory of God and grace that moved them to save sinners apart from anything found in the sinner.

The glory of free-grace shines and is magnified in saving sinners because of who God is rather than anything found in sinners. This also gives the Gospel a far greater basis for saving sinners and a far greater comfort for sinners when they die to all hope in self and find hope in Christ alone. Since God saved and saves sinners apart from any motive, reason, or cause found within them, it only follows that all the true hope that they will have is found in Christ alone. It was Christ who fully paid the ransom price and did so out of love for the Father. It was Christ alone who perfectly glorified the Father in the place of sinners. It was Christ who paid the price and was resurrected to be the only hope. The Gospel of free-grace is full of hope in God, but the false gospel of free-will is full of hopelessness in the sinner trusting in self. A free and causeless grace is the Gospel of the glory of God.

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