FREEDOM FROM JUDGMENT  


 

FREEDOM FROM JUDGMENT

1. All members of the human race are under a divine indictment of judgment.
    Hebrews 9:27

2. God’s judgment on man was first expressed toward Adam and Eve upon their fall from
    spiritual life in the garden of Eden.
   A. Genesis 2:17, “you shall surely die.”
       1. In the Hebrew the verb is doubled for intensification.
       2. It indicates the intensity and certainty of God’s justice being expressed at the very
           moment of any disobedience.
          See Grammatical study Genesis 2:17
       3. There are two aspects of judgment in view.
          a. Spiritual death:  the loss of relationship with God. This is lost from both a judicial
              event and a loss of capacity because of the acquisition of a sin nature.
            See Topic:  SPIRITUAL DEATH
          b. Physical death: the process of physical decay resulting in the separation of the soul from
             the body and the discontinuation of life on earth. This is from the curse on the earth.
           See Topic:  PHYSICAL DEATH
   B. The fall of the human race. Genesis 3:1-19

3. The judgment on Adam and Eve extended to the entire human race based on the transmission
    of the sin nature through procreation.
    This is called INHERENT SIN or INHERENT DEPRAVITY.
    Genesis 8:21; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12-14, 18
    See Topic:  SIN NATURE

4. As a result of this all members of the human race are BORN spiritually dead and separated from God. Romans 3:23; 5:6-10; 6:23; Gal. 3:22

5. In addition, at sometime during early childhood every person’s sin nature will begin to manifest itself through personal sin. This can be called FUNCTIONAL depravity.
    Romans 3:9-18, 23; 1 Kings 8:46

6. Mankind is thus responsible to the justice of God on two accounts. If these two issues are
not resolved on God’s terms, then the individual must endure the judgment from God
and exist for all eternity separated from God. Revelation 20:11-15
See Topics:  Judgment - last judgment and lake of fire

7. God has provided the solution by sending Jesus Christ into the world. John 3:16-17
Galatians 4:4-5; 1 John 3:5; Hebrews 9:26
See Topic: CHRIST: The Messiah Provided

8. Through Christ’s sin sacrifice on the cross, he paid the penalty for all personal sin. Christ died for all. There are no exceptions
    
A. Titus 2.11-God's grace provides salvation to all men (universal provision)
    B. Heb. 2.9 - Jesus tasted death for everyone (universal identification)
    C. 2 Pet. 2.1 - He even bought the ones who deny him. (universal payment)
    D. 1 Tim. 4.10 - He is the savior of all men (universal sacrifice) especially of
        believers (limited application based on faith).
    E. 1 Tim. 2:6 - who gave Himself as a ransom for all.
    F. A universal ransom means that Jesus Christ satisfied the character of the
       Godhead by paying the price demanded by Divine justice. Ie, propitiation.

    
G. 1 John 2.2 - He is the propitiation (satisfaction - hilasmos) for the sins of the
         whole world. (universal satisfaction)
    See Topic: UNLIMITED ATONEMENT

9. Christ also paid the penalty for the unrighteousness of the sin nature.
   Rom. 6:10-11
   For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life that He lives,
   He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to THE SIN NATURE,
   but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
  

10. And through dying “to sin” he provided deliverance from the sin nature through resurrection. Romans 6:4-5
   A. Because of Christ's death and resurrection, the believer is promised a body
    exactly like his. Phil. 3.21; 1 Jn. 3.2
   B. Called the redemption of the body - Rom. 8.23 (minus OSN)
   C. 1 Cor. 15.42-53 - no corruption, weakness or dishonor.
   D. See Topic: Sin Nature: Deliverance from

11. Since the sins of the whole world are paid for, and God's justice is satisfied, He extends a universal offer of salvation to the entire human race. John 12:32; 3:16; Acts 17:30; 10:43
See Topic: DRAWING OF GOD

12. But this does not mean that every person is automatically saved.
     A. One must accept Christ's work on his behalf by personal trust (faith).
        Acts 16.31; 1 Tim. 4.10; John 3:16-18, 36
    B. So the issue in salvation is not sins (plural) but one sin – the sin of unbelief.
        John 16.8-9 with 8.21-24 and 9.41.

    
C. The sin of unbelief is the only thing standing between God and each member
        of the human race. When that is "reversed" by trusting in Christ,
        all other sins are forgiven.

    
D. And the only "WORK" that is involved is the "work of God, that you believe
        on Him whom He sent." John 6:29; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:28

    
E. Isaiah 53:6 - "the iniquity of us all" = a universal ransom. Isaiah 53:11,
        "justify the many" = a limited justification based on faith, Romans 5:1
See Topic: HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN

13. When a person believes in Christ as his savior, he receives total forgiveness of all sins from the perspective of the eternal penalty for sin. Acts 10:43
Forgiveness of sins is accomplished through the act of redemption.
Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14, according to the wealth of His grace.

See Topic: THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS 

14. Since all sins have been paid for (prior to salvation through Christ’s work on the cross), and all sins are forgiven when a person believers, there is no basis for judgment.
John 3:18, He who believes in Him is not judged.
John 5:24, “He who hears my word and believes  Him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
Romans 8:1, there is therefore now no judgment to those who are in Christ.

15. Freedom from judgment finds its ultimate experience in the provision of a resurrection body.
     John 11:25-26; 1 Cor. 15:20-22; 42-58; 2 Cor. 5:1, 8;

16. As an extension of Christ’s sacrifice, the whole creation will also be delivered from the curse of sin and corruption. This will occur at the culmination of His second advent agenda.
Romans 8:18-23; 1 Cor. 15:20-26

 
 
 

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