Universal and Objective Justification with Special Emphasis on a Recent Controversy
By David J. Beckman [Delivered at the District Pastor-Teacher Conference of the South Atlantic District, January 27, 1983]
- Objectively speaking, without any reference to an individual sinner’s attitude toward Christ’s sacrifice, purely on the basis of God’s verdict, every sinner, whether he knows it or not, whether he believes it or not, has received the status of a saint.
- After Christ’s intervention and through Christ’s intervention, God regards all sinners as guilt-free saints.
- When God reconciled the world to Himself through Christ, He individually pronounced forgiveness to each individual sinner whether that sinner ever comes to faith or not.
- At the time of the resurrection of Christ, God looked down in hell and declared Judas, the people destroyed in the flood, and all the ungodly, innocent, not guilty, and forgiven of all sin and gave unto them the status of saints.
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