THE FOURFOLD MESSAGE OF GRACE
The Lord God commands all who preach the gospel, saying, "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people... Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins." In response to that command, for the comfort of God's elect, it is my joy to constantly declare a fourfold message of grace to all who trust Christ.
1. PERFECT ATONEMENT
The message of the gospel is a message of perfect atonement. The Lord Jesus Christ took upon himself all the sins of all his people, paid for them, completely satisfying the just demands of God's holy law, and forever put them away. Redemption is accomplished! We are redeemed by the blood of Christ (II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Heb. 9:12).
2. PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS
The gospel of Christ, the gospel of the grace of God is a message of perfect righteousness. It is not enough for the sinner to be pardoned. We are required to keep the law. "Cursed is he that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them" (Gal. 3:10). This too Christ has done! By his faithful obedience to the law of God as our Representative, he has brought in everlasting righteousness for God’s elect. Believing sinners are made the very righteousness of God in him by divine imputation (Rom. 3:19-22; 5:19).
3. PERFECT IMPUTATION
The gospel is a message of imputation. God saves chosen sinners by imputation. There is no way for sinners to be justified before God except by divine imputation. Just as Christ was made to be sin for us by the imputation of our sins to him, we are made the righteousness of God in him by the imputation of his righteousness to us. Christ has given us life, light and understanding by the gospel, enabling us to see and receive the imputation of his righteousness to us by faith in him (Rom. 1: 16,17; 4:3-8,9.0-25). Righteousness is not imputed to us upon the basis of our faith, but upon the basis of Christ's faithfulness as our Representative. This imputed righteousness is received by faith. Righteousness is imputed to us without works. And it is an unconditional, irrevocable imputation (Rom. 4:6-8).
4. PERFECT LIBERTY!
The preaching of the gospel is the proclamation of liberty, “the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” Since justice has been satisfied, the law has been honored, and righteousness has been imputed to us, God's elect are completely freed from all possibility of condemnation (Rom. 8:1-4). Where there is no debt, there is no liability. Where there is no sin, there is no curse. Where there is no guilt, there is no fear. And where there is no fear, there is perfect liberty.
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #596
2734 Old Stanford Road - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438 - Donald S. Fortner, Pastor