My previous two posts which got very little air time (maybe due to poor titling on my part!) ask this very important question. When is a person free from sin? When is a person justified? Does the Bible say that people are free from sin when Jesus died on the cross and paid the death penalty for sin (all of mankind’s sin) or when a person believes in Jesus for his/her justification? The previous posts were pretty short but got to the same point. I will reiterate my perspective based on what Paul says in Romans. Throughout Paul’s writing to the Romans, from 3:20-at least chapter 6, where I am studying, Paul’s sole argument is that Adam brought condemnation on the human race and Jesus’ death paid the redemption price for that condemnation (sin). The wages of sin is death. Jesus paid the death penalty for humanities’ sin problem. One man, Adam, sinned, and that sin was laid to the account of the human race. Adam withdrew all the grace from mankind’s account by sinning and all who have access to that account (requirement is being born into this life) are born with that deficit. Before you jump on the analogy, I know all analogies break down, but I am trying to keep this in easy terms to follow, using a banking system that we are all familiar with. I know that God’s grace has never been removed from humanity, but it is God’s to give when He chooses. In a sense, Adam’s account was full, and He never had to ask for God’s grace because it was always around Him and available to withdraw whenever he wanted to. So, bear with me as I finish this analogy. SO, when Adam sinned, he withdrew all the grace and emptied the account because what Adam did was a clear violation of God’s intent for him and Eve. So, rather than kill Adam and Eve immediately, God withdrew all of the grace from Adam’s account which still was not enough to cover the sin. So, God’s promissory note of full payment, Jesus Christ, would eventually come and complete the full payment God required and when that happened, mankind was set free from the payment (wages) of sin. Jesus paid the full price required for ALL mankind. Now, since all who are born in this life share that same account with Adam, all who share that same account with Adam have been justified in Christ. In other words, all mankind is free from sin and the account of God’s grace is full again.
What we need to do is realize that our account is full by virtue of Christ’s sacrifice, and be always acting upon the reality that we have been set free from sin by Jesus. There is therefore now no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Those in Christ are the ones who realize their account is full and paid up/off. The ones who don’t realize it, still have a full account, they just need to check their balance (believe in Jesus) and then act upon what they see (a full account of God’s grace). In a nutshell, you are not saved by works, or anything you do that would cause God to “owe” you salvation, whether that is faith, believing, choosing Christ, saying a prayer, NOTHING. You are saved NOW, whether you lived before this time, are living in this time, or you will live centuries from now. All those, especially those who came after Jesus’ time, are already saved by virtue only and solely by what Jesus did on the cross back in the early first century. If you find offense in this, could it be because you want to do something to “earn” your salvation or merit it in some way? Maybe, it is because you cannot fathom that ALL people will be saved and that cuts into your uniqueness, being chosen by God as His elect or by your own free will choice? I would like to hear what you think or have to say about this situation. It is, after all, one of the most, if not the most, important thing to understand, is it not?