Musings 124

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.

Nothing in man doth precede or prevent the grace of God. The light and beams of grace do dispel the clouds of our sins. Not for our sakes, but for his Name’s sake he covereth our sins. It is God’s prerogative to free us from sin by grace, and to remove them far from us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” {Ps.103:12} He only can remove sin against whom it is committed. He only can cast sin into the depths of the sea, who hath an ocean of grace in himself, in which he swalloweth them up. John Simpson {Perfection of Justification, 1648} Obtained from Supralapsarian.com

If the doctrines of grace are true, then we are far removed from them in our nation and world today. However, a form of those (though not the true doctrines of grace) seem to have made some form of comeback. If the doctrine of free-grace is true, then one has to search long and wide to find even a hint of it. We are inundated with humanism and a form of humanism that reaches into the historical doctrines of Christianity and twists the truth of God-centeredness to a man-centeredness that speaks of God.
While God is thoroughly God-centered in all He is and all He does, man can speak highly of God and yet speak highly of God and think of Him as being man-centered. It is that man-centeredness that changes the truth of the doctrines of grace into something else. Men have taken grace and have changed it into something it is not, even far from what it is. They do this in many ways and it really crosses all denominational and theological distinctions and boundaries. Men (pastors and theologians) will fight over issues with theology, but if they are never been turned to a thorough God-centeredness they will find a way to get along with each other. The divide between God-centeredness and man-centeredness is far and away broader than the divide between an intellectual Calvinism and Arminianism.

The sinful heart of man is man-centered even when it is trained well and with terminal degrees in the seminaries. No amount of education or training can turn the self-centered heart of man into a God-centered heart that truly loves God. The only way a heart can become God-centered is if that heart is turned by God and regenerated and the life of God lives and rules in that heart. The religious man, even if his theology is orthodox and Reformed and full of the doctrines of grace, will always have a selfish heart that is man-centered. That man will be at enmity with the true God and true grace as long as he lives and regardless of how many books he writes unless God has mercy upon him and gives him a new heart.
The so-called resurgence of the New Calvinism is not necessarily a good thing. It may be nothing more than a Reformed version of self-centeredness and selfishness expressed in a man-centered version of Reformed theology. These people can be very political in the secular realm or the religious realm, but they will always hate the true teaching of free-grace even if they use the word. They will hate free-grace because they always want to put grace in the hands of men to dispense it to themselves as they please and when they please. They hate free-grace in some circles because grace is in the hands of the priests or the pastors or ministers to dispense it. Some hate free-grace by saying that grace is in the sacraments and that a person receives grace when the person receives the sacrament.
Grace must never be in the hands of men to have at their disposal or it is not free-grace. For grace to be grace it cannot be earned, merited, or in any way be in the hands of men to give according to their own wills or pleasure. The God-centered God alone can give grace and He gives it according to His pleasure and for His own glory. The true and sovereign God never, ever gives grace into the hands or wills of men. If He did, then it would no longer be true grace or sovereign grace.

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