Saved by Grace
Paid by the Law
by Craig C. White
It is true that we are saved by God’s grace. However the penalty for sin was still paid in full, not by grace but by the law. The wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). God obeyed his own law. Jesus died according to the law. We are saved by grace but according to the law.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We are saved by the grace of God. In other words we haven’t paid the penalty for our sin ourselves; yet we are counted as though we are righteous. The penalty however was required to be paid. The penalty for sin is death of the sinner.
Please note in the verse above that grace is the “gift of God” not faith.
Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
The penalty for sin was still due. God did not wink at our sin and dismiss it as being “not so bad”. The penalty for sin was paid, not by grace but by the law. God obeyed his own law; he paid the full price for sin. He died. He died judiciously. That is, he died according to the law.
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
We are unable to pay the price of our sin and live. If we pay the penalty ourselves we will die. Graciously, Jesus died for us.
Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Christ died for us. The penalty for sin was paid judicially.
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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures: And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)+
The letter to Philemon contains what is probably the most beautiful illustration of imputation. Paul told Philemon that if his slave Onesimus owed anything to reckon it to Paul’s account. In other words, any debt that Onesimus might have incurred would be charged to Paul’s account and Paul would pay it. Similarly, our sins were attributed, reckoned to Christ, and He paid our debt fully.” – Charles C. Ryrie
“… without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sin).” – Hebrews 9:22 The innocent victims, the animals, had to die to make the covering for sin. The animals were sacrificed, they had no part in the disobedience. Adam and Eve accepted the sacrifice and wore the coverings. This was the beginning of sacrifices to “cover” sin until the perfect Lamb of God, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ came to die as the perfect substitute (John 1:29).