GOOD NEWS: London Baptist Confession (1689) on Justification

It’s often, in the course of my reading, that I come across a brief quote or section of a particular piece that I find especially encouraging as it relates to the glory of the gospel.  I’ve decided to begin regularly posting these findings under the heading “Good News”.

Below is section 11.3 of the London Baptist Confession (1689), on the doctrine of justification.  If you’re unfamiliar with the London Baptist Confession, a brief introduction can be found HERE.

Let the following encourage, edify, and remind you of what Christ has accomplished for all those who, by faith, receive and rest in him alone.  Don’t gloss over it.  Let it steep…

By His obedience and death Christ paid in full the debt of all those who are justified. By the sacrifice of Himself in His blood-shedding on Calvary, and His suffering on their behalf of the penalty they had incurred, He fully and absolutely satisfied all the claims which God’s justice had upon them. Yet their justification is altogether of free grace, firstly because Christ was the free gift of the Father to act on their behalf; secondly because Christ’s obedience and His satisfying the demands of the law was freely accepted on their behalf; and thirdly because nothing in them merited these mercies. Hence God’s exact justice and His rich grace are alike rendered glorious in the justification of sinners.

Isa. 53:5,6; Rom. 3:26; 8:32; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:6,7; 2:7; Heb. 10:14; 1 Pet.1:18,19.


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