MacArthur’s Salvation Synopsis

I was excited to learn that Grace to You (following the example of Desiring God, I would guess) has provided all of John MacArthur’s sermons for free online. However, last week was the first time I’ve been able to take advantage of it. I was studying reconciliation from Colossians 1:20-22, and this message was quite helpful. About 7 minutes in, MacArthur provides the following synopsis of the various terms that  describe our salvation:

  1. In justification the sinner stands before God as the accused and is declared righteous.
  2. In redemption the sinner stands before God as a slave and is granted freedom by a ransom.
  3. In forgiveness the sinner stands before God as a debtor and the debt, having been paid, is forgotten.
  4. In reconciliation the sinner stands before God as an enemy and becomes a friend.
  5. In adoption the sinner stands before God as a stranger and is made a son.
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3 Responses

  1. […] source In justification the sinner stands before God as the accused and is declared righteous. […]

  2. Thank you for posting that, Chris. What thrilling thoughts. Not one of those things could have been accomplished by our own will. What debtors we are to grace.

  3. Chris, Good stuff. Thanks for sharing these insights from Mac

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