This is our final question as taken from Wayne Grudem's book, Bible Doctrines. You may access the labels to the right of this blog by clicking on ROM05 for a complete list of each blog post regarding JUSTIFICATION QUESTIONS.
- Have you ever wondered if God is still continuing to punish you from time to time for sins you have done in the past, even long ago? How does the doctrine of justification help you deal with those feelings?
A. Yes I have sometimes fallen into that despair. The doctrine of justification teaches me that Christ himself bore the punishment for all my sins. GOD DOES NOT PUNISH ME OR REQUIRE ME TO PAY SOMETHING THAT JESUS HIMSELF ALREADY PAID FOR. Punishment is the payment for sin, I can never atone for my own sin being so wicked and sin so heinous, sin against a holy God. Christ paid for my sins – if he paid for them I cannot. To think of myself paying for SOME of my sins, or paying for part of my sins is to do despite to the blood of Jesus Christ who, himself paid for them once for all time.
Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
CORRECTION BUT NOT PUNISHMENT:
GOD does correct us as a loving Father his Child, but he does not PUNISH by way of extracting payment for sin for which his SON Jesus Christ has already dearly paid.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.