Salvation Legal                   

by God's Little Boy
© Makeshift
Posted 7/7/16



Salvation is purely a legal matter.

This is one of the most important things to understand. We must view salvation as it really is, as God sees it, not as we suppose or prefer it to be. In order to properly understand salvation we must first consider the Justice of God. Salvation must first yield to the Justice of God. The salvation of the human race would not be possible unless the Justice of God, offended by man's sin, could first be satisfied. The Justice of God is firmly fixed. His Justice is perhaps his most supreme attribute– even his sovereign authority must yield to it. God is not free to ignore or deny his Justice. God's Justice is something that he cannot compromise. It cannot bend, or budge in the slightest degree. It cannot make a single exception for anyone or anything outside of its perfectly established boundary lines. God is perfectly holy and unchangeable in his essence. His Justice can only be perfectly steadfast in what it is because of who he is. God's Justice reaches to all corners of creation including the heart of man. Even though man is essentially unrighteous, he has been given a sense of Justice. He understands the elemental principal of Justice because God has placed it within him. Man naturally yearns within to see Justice done in the presence of injustice. The reality of God's Justice, imprinted upon our moral conscience, is clearly an irrefutable reality which cannot be dismissed.



God, in his great love for us, deeply desired to save us from our sin. He is not willing that any of us should perish, and desires all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) The Father wanted to forgive us and save us from eternal destruction; but his love had to first find a way to satisfy his Justice. His love found a way to do both. The determinate council of heaven (Acts 2:23) executed a plan whereby Jesus, the Son of God, would pay the penalty for sinners that God's Justice demanded. Satisfied with the work of Jesus on the cross, Justice now requires only faith in Christ for man's salvation. Justice has a covenant agreement with the Trinity which is as follows: "Seeing that the Son has paid the penalty for man's sin and has satisfied my demands, I will acquit and justify anyone who chooses to freely identify with Jesus by faith."



Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. (Exodus 12:21-23)

The passover account in it's most basic meaning gives us a clear illustration on this subject. A perfect lamb was killed and it's blood shed (a picture of Christ's substitutionary death on the cross). The blood was to be applied to the lintel and doorposts of one's home (by faith). When The Lord looked and saw the blood applied to the doorposts (a symbol of saving faith) The Lord would pass over or hover over that house to prevent judgement from coming upon it. One analogy is clear; Jesus the lamb was slain for our sins and his blood has satisfied the perfect demands of God's Justice. Judgement is made to pass over all who have applied the blood by faith in Christ. If you have not applied the blood to your doorposts through trusting in Jesus you can have no salvation from an eternal hell. The Justice of God must condemn you for failing to meet the only condition for salvation that remains.

Are you washed in the blood? Has your sin been washed away by the precious blood of the lamb? Are your garments spotless; are they white as snow? Has Jesus become your salvation? A fountain has been opened for sin and uncleanness. (Zechariah 13:1) Come to the crimson flow and be made spotless and perfectly clean forever. (Zechariah 3:1-5)



Chapter 5 of the book of Daniel records the account of the wicked gentile king Belshazzar. In defiance to God, he commanded that the sacred vessels of the house of God be brought into his banquet hall where his lords, wives, and concubines defiled the vessels by drinking wine out of them. Together they praised the false gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone (not a good plan). Suddenly God intervened, and the fingers of a man's hand appeared and wrote words on the wall before Belshazzar's terrified eyes. The words were MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN. Daniel the prophet was brought in as the only man who could interpret the message from God's hand.

This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:26-28)

That same night Belshazzar was slain, and his kingdom was given to Darius the Mede.

Belshazzar was weighed in the balances. What does this mean? More importantly what does it mean for all of us? It simply means that one day God will weigh every one of us in the balances of his perfect Justice, and if we do not have Jesus Christ we will be found wanting. Sit up and take notice readers! This is a very serious matter of eternal consequence and it will not go away by simply ignoring it. Justice has been offended and there is only ONE solution. You had better take this seriously and get this right because God is not fooling around. God is not some jolly old elf sitting on a throne granting universal access to heaven because some think, "he's too good to send anyone to hell." On That Day, God's Justice will be completely blind to all else except the blood of Christ and his imputed righteousness. If you do not have Jesus, the wrath of God will abide upon you and your expectation will utterly perish. There will be no other advocate to save you, no appeals, no second chances, and no do overs. This world is filled with people who are gravely mistaken about this truth, and they are counting on some false hope that God will "understand" and show them some arbitrary leniency in their final moments. But this will not happen for salvation is purely a legal matter.

Is the salvation that you claim to have a legal salvation? Is it valid in God's eyes or merely your own estimation? Is it based upon Jesus or upon your own religious sufficiency? You need to understand that your goodness apart from Christ means absolutely nothing to God. Please hear this! Your best "religious" efforts, that you may be trusting in, will not be enough, and any silly notions that it will all turn out right in the end is wishful thinking and complacency at best. Do you think God will "understand" and that he will accept you on your own merits? Really? Are you sure about that? On what grounds do you make such an assumption? Isn't it only because you prefer to think that way? Do you not know that you have a future appointment in the Supreme Court of Heaven and you are going to face the consuming fire of God's Justice? How will you fare when the evidence is presented against you? You do not come before a Judge in a court of law as an accused felon without legal representation. You had better have an attorney with you. You had better have The Advocate, Jesus Christ, The Righteous stand with you to plead your case and present his own blood to prove your innocence.

Has dull complacency made you tone deaf to God's gentle and loving call to salvation? Well hear this instead, it just may be the jolt that you need. It doesn't matter who you are, or how clean you think your record is; if you do not have the blood of Christ credited to your account you will be condemned and sentenced to an eternal Hell. Justice will be fully determined and He will not spare for your crying. God cannot arbitrarily grant access to heaven for those who are still at odds with his Justice - by refusing his terms of salvation. These things are not written to be offensive, but to shake you from your complacency, and move you to genuine faith. You can be sure of this: in the end, when you are weighed in the balances, the only thing that will matter is: Do you have Jesus? Precious souls, examine your own hearts and be sure that you truly have him and that your salvation is legal, for the consequences are eternal.



Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; (Isaiah 30:18a)

Justice must now honor our faith in Christ. The children of God have a mighty guardian who stands as an immovable bulwark to continually uphold their justification and protect them from all legal charges and accusations. Our great advocate Jesus Christ, The Righteous stands before the court of heaven and presents his blood on behalf of those who believe. The Justice of God rules: "justified by faith," and all charges are dismissed and all accusers are defeated. None who would condemn us can present any case that could move Justice against us for the case has been settled once and for all. The power and efficacy of Christ's blood in satisfying the demands of God's Justice has forever changed the relationship between Justice and redeemed sinners. That which once was a relentless force of condemnation and judgement has now been turned completely around and has become the guardian of all who have placed their trust in Jesus. In the final verdict, Justice must rule in favor of those who have freely chosen to identify with the perfect man of righteousness. The blood of Christ will be our acquittal and our freedom from eternal punishment into eternal life. Justice will prevail for the ones who have believed and it will condemn the accuser and all who deny and tread under foot the precious blood of Christ.



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