Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 3 Study # 6
July 12, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<140> Thesis: God's purpose in Christ was to "justify" those who believe in Christ. Introduction: In our study last week we looked into the claim that God set Christ forth as the Mercy Seat. By Mercy Seat, we mean the Basis for the Exercise of Mercy. The "problem", as Paul puts it, is that God can not be shown in history to deal "justly" with sins. No one has ever been shown to have been treated "justly". God is seen to always temper His response to man's sin so that man is never seen to get what he really deserves. The operative word here is "seen". Man cannot see beyond physical death, so he can never see what happens beyond a person's death. Man cannot see Hell. Paul's argument in 3:25 was that God is "justly" free to be not only moderate in His response to man's sins, but He is free to not respond at all if He so chooses. This "freedom of God" is based upon the reality of Christ as the Mercy Seat. Because the issue of Justice is the issue of a full and exactly equivalent retaliation for sin, Christ has been presented as having subjected Himself to the full and exactly equivalent retaliation for all of mens sins for all of time. Thus, Paul argues, "Justice" has been absolutely satisfied. This means that it is not "injustice" for God to choose to either be moderate in His response to sin, or to do nothing at all. This evening we are going to move a bit further into Paul's argument by looking into 3:26.