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Stick to It

10 October 2012 by Neil

Q. 71. How is justification an act of God's free grace?
A. Although Christ, by his obedience and death, did make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God's justice in the behalf of them that are justified; yet inasmuch as God accepteth the satisfaction from a surety, which he might have demanded of them, and did provide this surety, his own only Son, imputing his righteousness to them, and requiring nothing of them for their justification but faith, which also is his gift, their justification is to them of free grace.

My friend's cat died. He wasn't too broken up about it, but his kids were. Needing to help his young son say a proper goodbye to Felix or Sylvester or whatever the pestilent little rotter was called, he led his son to the workshop and they built a wooden cross as a grave marker. Then they trekked out to the field to dig. It was a solemn stroll, and the son's face was screwed up with worry. As they approached the chosen site, the son stopped his dad to ask an urgent question.

“Daddy, how are we going make the cat stick to the cross?”

My friend got the message. He resolved to never again confuse his children about the cross. It is just too important. If you get the cross wrong, then you are faced with the task of justifying yourself in the sight of Holy God. Good luck with that project, you pestilent little rotter.